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A Mirror Darkly: What is…Black Mirror

A Mirror Darkly: What is…Black Mirror
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Imagine you are the Prime Minister of UK; your advisers inform you one morning that a popular duchess has been kidnapped. You think ‘this should be simple they want money‘. However your advisers warn you that’s not what the kidnappers want. The demand is that you have sex with a pig on live TV. They did not recieve the ransom directy, it was taken off of YouTube after it had been viewed one million times. Time to take a look into the Black Mirror.

Welcome to the first episode of the hit series. Picked up by Netflix this show was originally on the BBC. Black Mirror is an anthology in the same vein as shows like The Outer Limits but in each episode some form of technology is the focal point.

Black Mirror covers a broad scope of technology some we use today and others we will more than likely use in the near future. Don’t worry it also covers AI’s and robots too. There’s also an episode that covers shows like American Idol and The X Factor as well. One topic the series loves to cover is cybernetic technology; mainly technology that allows people to record memories or even alter them for that matter.

As season three opens on Netflix, the writers have become even more daring. The first episode of season three is a haunting look of themes such as: Facebook, Social Anxiety, Social Acceptance, and even how one’s credit card score affects where they can live, their lifestyle, and even what jobs they can have.

This current season almost feels as a hard warning of what we may eventually see in the future. Technology will continue to affect human’s lives everyday socially, it also affects politics, and media. These worlds featured are places I would dread to live in.

If you like dark anthology series like the Twilight Zone, and the Outer Limits this is a show for you. Each story is compelling, dramatic and at the same time scary as hell.

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When she is not trying to take over the world, Jess takes time to record video games and write articles.