A series I have been thoroughly enjoying on Netflix has been Black Mirror. It was not something I would have watched but so many people recommended it to me that I thought I would give it a go.
Each episode is self-contained, with a different cast and a different story. It is a dark series and is rather unsettling and disconcerting. Many of the episodes explore different aspects of advancing technological development.
It is set in the very near future – far enough that we can see how technology in general, and social media in particular, can be extended so much further into many more aspects of our lives, but close enough to our present reality that it is more relevant than more traditional science fiction.
The black mirror of the title refers to all our devices (phone, iPad, television etc) when they are off. They reflect us. And in a way, as a character in one of the episodes says, they become us. More and more of what we are is contained in our devices.
My favourite two episodes so far are Nosedive and Hated in the Nation. They tend to reflect the slight worry that floats around me when I watch things going viral on the internet, when I see how much Facebook knows about me, when I watch anonymous trolls spew venom all over the internet.
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