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How ‘Black Mirror’is reading into the future

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With the fourth season of ‘Black Mirror’ out and about, taking rounds, the world has been haunted by what the series is portraying simply because of the display of the terrifying truth of the future in science and technology. Black Mirror is here to talk about deadly robot dogs, dystopian future cities and killer smartphone apps. ‘Black Mirror’ is a British science fiction television series, directed and written by Charlie Brooker that showcases the scientific and technological condition of the modern society and what is likely to bring about ground-breaking changes in the future. It talks about new technological advances surpassing the development of humankind in all aspects economically, financially as well as emotionally. The episodes are standalone, usually set in the present or future proché, often with a dark and satirical tone, though some are more experimental and lighter.

 

Charlie Brooker is a videogame journalist and thus has been able to give clear-cut explanations of how the world is setting in on a way of living that involves the dominance of scientific and technological advances. He talks about make or break situations which is pretty petrifying because he doesn’t fail to bring out the truth. The skill and knowledge of Brooker as a videogame journalist can be seen in the episode, ‘Playtest’ that revolves around the concept of augmented and virtual reality. ‘Playtest’ is a menacing look at the future of augmented reality and exhibits a game that is terrifyingly advanced. Every episode displays a very dystopian environment that leaves our mind sets haunted by the fact that technology could eventually be the death of us. Brooker gives a crystal clear elucidation of the benefits, not to mention the comforts of the black screens of our smartphones and laptops to make ‘Black Mirror’ a tad bit close to alarmism. An explanation to alarmism can be closely related to yellow journalism which showcases an overly exaggerated situation. Black Mirror’s stories drill down into our lingering fears about the seductive little boxes we trust with so much of our personal information.

 

The best ranked episode of the series is ‘Nosedive’. The episode talks about our obsession with social media and how the character and personality of a person is judged on the basis of his/her online presence. We see how people are excessively kind to each other in order to get points which in turn bring in store various perks.

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The second best ranked episode is ‘The Twilight Zone’. The episode revolves around a device that sits behind a person’s ear and records all that they see, hear and feel and are stored as memories. Black Mirror goes full Twilight Zone to show just how badly that can go wrong and how it contributes to the destruction of relationships. Brooker has been surprised to see how some of these events had come to pass. “It was quite trippy, though. I’m kind of getting used to it, because it seems like it’s quite often that there are things that are in the stories that come true.”

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Viewers have stated that the endings to the episodes are rather scrambled and tend to be abrupt, lacking the provision of closure to them. I think the viewer gets closure when they reflect on it. It’s like Black Mirror wants you to think about it. That’s why they’re abrupt. When it abruptly ends you’re like woah that just messed with my mind woah this is us this is the future. So Black Mirror doesn’t give us closure. They expect us to do that for ourselves.

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