SHOULD WE FEAR THE FUTURE?
Black Mirror is a British
dystopian science fiction anthology television series
created by Charlie Brooker. It examines modern society,
particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of
new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in
an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and
satirical tone, although some are more experimental and
Brooker developed Black Mirror to highlight topics related to humanity's relationship with technology, creating stories that feature "the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes' time if we're clumsy.
"Any TV, any LCD, any iPhone, any iPad, something like that, if you just stare at it, it looks like a 'Black Mirror', and there's something cold and horrifying about that”.
However you view it, this three-part series is thought-provoking and very well written, with its final episode, The Entire History Of You, a heart-breaking triumph.
For all the show's inventive storytelling, its true provocation is its righteous outrage, which shares something with Mike White's whistle-blower series Enlightened, although it's overlaid with a dark filter.
The stories set archetypal human dilemmas-death, identity, fidelity-within an entirely new context, which is exactly how we are living them.
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