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“Black mirror” and the future with technology

“Black mirror” and the future with technology

by Saheb Bhattacharya July 29 2017, 5:14 pm

Today in the era of technology humans cannot deny that technology plays an inherent role in shaping up their lives today. Whether this influence of technology has helped us or not can be put to debate. Black Mirror is a British television series written by Charlie Brooker revolves around the prophetic vision they share about how technology in the future will have more negative implications in society rather than positive ones. The show not only talks about technology but the possible error in human psychology in the modern times. Each episode independent of one another each having a unique approach towards expressing various issues such as politics, sexuality, technology, love etc. With extremely well written and executed scripts each episode can be watched as a standalone movie. The creators behind the show are not afraid to include disturbing content in any of the episodes. in fact, the end of most episodes is not a fairytale ending but a situation where the protagonist usually ends up suffering. One of the most disturbing episode that takes place in a version of the future where most people have had small devices, called “grains,” surgically implanted in their heads that can record and replay their memories on demand. As the encounter progresses, it is revealed that the couple are actually having dull and mechanical sex, their eyes grayed out as they both tune into their grains to watch memories of their previous trysts, from an earlier, steamier time in their relationship.

That the show probably owes its American stature to social media is perfectly appropriate, because the series fixates on our codependent and contradictory relationship with technology and media. We love being able to share our inner monologues and the minutia of our lives with one another, until, that is, it all goes horribly wrong in ways previously unimaginable. Or even if it doesn’t, we still find ourselves annoyed, jealous, infuriated and even depressed by the behavior of others (and occasionally ourselves) online. And yet we keep logging on “Black Mirror” falls somewhere in between its predecessors, equal parts horror and wonder, somewhere in the uncanny valley between our world and one dominated by technology. It looks like a future we might actually inhabit, making the show a lot more effective as a critique of the tech industry’s trajectory — one that might make you think twice about which devices you buy and which services you use Black Mirror” resonates because the show manages to exhibit caution about the role of technology without diminishing its importance and novelty, functioning as a twisted View-Master of many different future universes where things have strayed horribly off. Perhaps that’s the true appeal of the series it does more than blame technology for our woes. It deals with the reality that, no matter what gadgetry we may possess, our problems remain human. It reminds us that technology probably won’t enslave us, but it definitely will change us.

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