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2017-09-13 09:15:14 AM  
Good thing real life is more nuanced.
 
2017-09-13 10:29:50 AM  
Five stars!
 
2017-09-13 10:44:56 AM  
"...the show continues to try to find a doomsday prophecy that tech giants might still view as a warning, and not a corporate benchmark for Q2 2018."

Even though it wasn't shown as a dystopia per se, I guarantee someone is working on a San Junipero TCKR system right now.  That's the last great untapped consumer market: the dead.  Just think of all the ads you could show a dead person and the fact that you'd never have to provide physical products, just virtual goods for the virtually alive.  Then the idea that a person's wealth wouldn't be transferred to the next of kin, but instead be available to be spent for eternity in virtual reality.  Heck, that'd mean they would run out unless they had to have a job and a paycheck and of course pay taxes in the afterlife. Forever.

/When is the rest of this season coming out?
 
2017-09-13 10:45:52 AM  
I keep reading and rereading the article, trying to figure out if I'm missing something or if the writer has no idea what 'dystopia' means.
 
2017-09-13 10:48:27 AM  
"What if bad thing, but with phones?"

Nearly every single black mirror episode. It's good pulpy twilight zone stuff but the "huh makes you think" thinkpieces bore me to death.
 
2017-09-13 10:56:14 AM  

Outlawtsar: "...the show continues to try to find a doomsday prophecy that tech giants might still view as a warning, and not a corporate benchmark for Q2 2018."

Even though it wasn't shown as a dystopia per se, I guarantee someone is working on a San Junipero TCKR system right now.  That's the last great untapped consumer market: the dead.  Just think of all the ads you could show a dead person and the fact that you'd never have to provide physical products, just virtual goods for the virtually alive.  Then the idea that a person's wealth wouldn't be transferred to the next of kin, but instead be available to be spent for eternity in virtual reality.  Heck, that'd mean they would run out unless they had to have a job and a paycheck and of course pay taxes in the afterlife. Forever.

/When is the rest of this season coming out?


yea but is it really 'you' that gets downloaded?  or just all the data your brain is generating until it (your brain) stops then the simulation just runs.
 
2017-09-13 11:13:09 AM  

You Are All Sheep: Outlawtsar: "...the show continues to try to find a doomsday prophecy that tech giants might still view as a warning, and not a corporate benchmark for Q2 2018."

Even though it wasn't shown as a dystopia per se, I guarantee someone is working on a San Junipero TCKR system right now.  That's the last great untapped consumer market: the dead.  Just think of all the ads you could show a dead person and the fact that you'd never have to provide physical products, just virtual goods for the virtually alive.  Then the idea that a person's wealth wouldn't be transferred to the next of kin, but instead be available to be spent for eternity in virtual reality.  Heck, that'd mean they would run out unless they had to have a job and a paycheck and of course pay taxes in the afterlife. Forever.

/When is the rest of this season coming out?

yea but is it really 'you' that gets downloaded?  or just all the data your brain is generating until it (your brain) stops then the simulation just runs.


I need this discussion like I need another slot in my head
 
2017-09-13 11:18:55 AM  
This ain't no technological breakdown
 
2017-09-13 11:21:56 AM  

Outlawtsar: Even though it wasn't shown as a dystopia per se


Trendy beach resort with hot lesbians and perpetual '80s music = "not a dystopia per se."
 
2017-09-13 11:23:54 AM  

Esc7: "What if bad thing, but with phones?"

Nearly every single black mirror episode. It's good pulpy twilight zone stuff but the "huh makes you think" thinkpieces bore me to death.


Watched the first two episodes and thought, "Oh... so these are the people that watch all the scat porno that gets posted to pornhub."
 
2017-09-13 11:26:00 AM  

Mad_Radhu: Five stars!


Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
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2017-09-13 11:28:02 AM  
Orphx - Pitch Black Mirror [Sonic Groove]
Youtube NhKywvC2f_Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5zXa6zaY50
 
2017-09-13 11:33:42 AM  

foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
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I want to make babies with her.
 
2017-09-13 11:33:52 AM  
Full credit to Black Mirror for Jessica Brown Findlay, Jodie Whittaker, Hayley Atwell, Tuppence Middleton, Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Hannah John-Kamen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kelly Macdonald, and Faye Marsay.
 
2017-09-13 11:35:54 AM  

foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
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Happy if you're ok having a career as a truck driver.
 
2017-09-13 11:37:53 AM  

thornhill: foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
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Happy if you're ok having a career as a truck driver.


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2017-09-13 11:40:14 AM  

Shazam999: foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
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I want to make babies with her.


Careful, her genetics are boobie-trapped.

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2017-09-13 11:45:38 AM  
I love Black Mirror, and I think it has some strong allegorical qualities to today's society, as good science fiction should. For example, *spoiler* the episode about the occupying soldiers who've been trained to see their enemies as monsters is not so far off from how police are trained to view people of color or how special ops elites are trained to view Arabs today.

But I want to smack people any time they say it predicts the future or accurately represents the present. Every episode as a contrivance that makes the plot possible, but which doesn't remotely hold up if you apply any sort of logic outside the confines of the story.
 
2017-09-13 11:47:33 AM  

Shazam999: foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
[media.tenor.com image 498x278]

I want to make babies with her.


You know she's going to get with that Black guy at the end.
 
2017-09-13 11:47:38 AM  
I'll say this.  I like many of the episodes, but not the one with the rating people.  It just felt like a rip off of Meow Meow Beans, from the show Community.

That and the fact that only a*holes care how strangers rate them, just made it painful to watch. I had no sympathy for anyone in the episode.  Not trying to thread shiat.  But that one was my least favorite episode.
 
2017-09-13 11:49:42 AM  
secularsage:
But I want to smack people any time they say it predicts the future or accurately represents the present. Every episode as a contrivance that makes the plot possible, but which doesn't remotely hold up if you apply any sort of logic outside the confines of the story.

The creator of the show says he imagines each episode has a trap.  The characters then move through the trap.  Sometimes they get out.  Sometimes they don't.  Sometimes getting out was never an option.
 
2017-09-13 11:53:41 AM  

BeesNuts: thornhill: foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
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Happy if you're ok having a career as a truck driver.

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I think the ending is actually pretty black and white:

She's freed from the anxiety of the rating system, but by not participating she's going to be a second class citizen. So it comes down to if you're the type of person who is comfortable being a truck driver, earning a low wage and living in isolation.

The ending is neither happy nor sad. It's just that life sucks because you cannot have it all.
 
2017-09-13 11:57:33 AM  

thornhill: BeesNuts: thornhill: foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
[media.tenor.com image 498x278]

Happy if you're ok having a career as a truck driver.

[i.ebayimg.com image 743x1000]

I think the ending is actually pretty black and white:

She's freed from the anxiety of the rating system, but by not participating she's going to be a second class citizen. So it comes down to if you're the type of person who is comfortable being a truck driver, earning a low wage and living in isolation.

The ending is neither happy nor sad. It's just that life sucks because you cannot have it all.


She seemed ecstatic.  So did the guy.  Truck driver seemed perfectly content.
 
2017-09-13 11:57:49 AM  

LewDux: You Are All Sheep: Outlawtsar: "...the show continues to try to find a doomsday prophecy that tech giants might still view as a warning, and not a corporate benchmark for Q2 2018."

Even though it wasn't shown as a dystopia per se, I guarantee someone is working on a San Junipero TCKR system right now.  That's the last great untapped consumer market: the dead.  Just think of all the ads you could show a dead person and the fact that you'd never have to provide physical products, just virtual goods for the virtually alive.  Then the idea that a person's wealth wouldn't be transferred to the next of kin, but instead be available to be spent for eternity in virtual reality.  Heck, that'd mean they would run out unless they had to have a job and a paycheck and of course pay taxes in the afterlife. Forever.

/When is the rest of this season coming out?

yea but is it really 'you' that gets downloaded?  or just all the data your brain is generating until it (your brain) stops then the simulation just runs.

I need this discussion like I need another slot in my head


You people should play SOMA.

Not the first piece of fiction to explore the concept but a damn good horror game that does.
 
2017-09-13 12:02:00 PM  

secularsage: I love Black Mirror, and I think it has some strong allegorical qualities to today's society, as good science fiction should. For example, *spoiler* the episode about the occupying soldiers who've been trained to see their enemies as monsters is not so far off from how police are trained to view people of color or how special ops elites are trained to view Arabs today.

But I want to smack people any time they say it predicts the future or accurately represents the present. Every episode as a contrivance that makes the plot possible, but which doesn't remotely hold up if you apply any sort of logic outside the confines of the story.


I don't think anyone is being quite as literal as you think.

The plots are usually based on some kind of observation about technology/media that are currently true, and then episodes examine what happens when you take one of these trends to an extreme.

And in the episode in question, while ranking systems for people is the conceit, what is accurate is how much energy people put into maintaining their social media appearance and that we are judged for things like jobs based on our social media profiles.
 
2017-09-13 12:11:35 PM  
"Shut Up And Dance" was my favorite episode (the troll one). Simultaneously tense, funny and - ultimately - disturbing. That poor kid. Screw his sister for getting the malware on his laptop in the first place!
 
2017-09-13 12:20:19 PM  
Not sure what Apples has to do with them getting Waldo/Trump correct.
 
2017-09-13 12:21:47 PM  

misterhowl: "Shut Up And Dance" was my favorite episode (the troll one). Simultaneously tense, funny and - ultimately - disturbing. That poor kid. Screw his sister for getting the malware on his laptop in the first place!


Umm, did you watch the entire episode? Because I don't think you are supposed to sympathize with the kid after the "twist" reveal at the end.
 
2017-09-13 12:30:34 PM  

Voodoo_Stu: I'll say this.  I like many of the episodes, but not the one with the rating people.  It just felt like a rip off of Meow Meow Beans, from the show Community.

That and the fact that only a*holes care how strangers rate them, just made it painful to watch. I had no sympathy for anyone in the episode.  Not trying to thread shiat.  But that one was my least favorite episode.


That's why that episode works IMO. Because the world is full of assholes.
 
2017-09-13 12:33:01 PM  

ClicheRinpoche: I keep reading and rereading the article, trying to figure out if I'm missing something or if the writer has no idea what 'dystopia' means.


"Face locking technology"
Your phone recognizes your face.
The only way it can do that, is if your phone is looking for it.
Constantly.
Your camera is constantly on, looking for you.
 
2017-09-13 12:50:37 PM  

BeesNuts: Esc7: "What if bad thing, but with phones?"

Nearly every single black mirror episode. It's good pulpy twilight zone stuff but the "huh makes you think" thinkpieces bore me to death.

Watched the first two episodes and thought, "Oh... so these are the people that watch all the scat porno that gets posted to pornhub."


That first episode, where the PM's handler says something like, "Oh, he was just making a point", I guess is supposed to explain the whole episode, except they never give us any indication of what the actual point was supposed to be.  That politicians are pig farkers?  We never really see one way or the other if the PM is a decent guy or not, or if he deserved what happened to him.  In the end, he turned out to be, I guess, a hero?

it went uphill from there, and some of the episodes were quite strong (though quite a few were throw-away).  I especially liked the movie-length one with the actress from Boardwalk Empire.
 
2017-09-13 12:56:28 PM  

Slow To Return: BeesNuts: Esc7: "What if bad thing, but with phones?"

Nearly every single black mirror episode. It's good pulpy twilight zone stuff but the "huh makes you think" thinkpieces bore me to death.

Watched the first two episodes and thought, "Oh... so these are the people that watch all the scat porno that gets posted to pornhub."

That first episode, where the PM's handler says something like, "Oh, he was just making a point", I guess is supposed to explain the whole episode, except they never give us any indication of what the actual point was supposed to be.  That politicians are pig farkers?  We never really see one way or the other if the PM is a decent guy or not, or if he deserved what happened to him.  In the end, he turned out to be, I guess, a hero?

it went uphill from there, and some of the episodes were quite strong (though quite a few were throw-away).  I especially liked the movie-length one with the actress from Boardwalk Empire.


Oh and maybe the point was that society will watch whatever train wreck you put in front of them, but if I am remembering correctly, there were a lot of people who couldn't bring themselves to watch.
 
2017-09-13 01:08:23 PM  

Slow To Return: BeesNuts: Esc7: "What if bad thing, but with phones?"

Nearly every single black mirror episode. It's good pulpy twilight zone stuff but the "huh makes you think" thinkpieces bore me to death.

Watched the first two episodes and thought, "Oh... so these are the people that watch all the scat porno that gets posted to pornhub."

That first episode, where the PM's handler says something like, "Oh, he was just making a point", I guess is supposed to explain the whole episode, except they never give us any indication of what the actual point was supposed to be.  That politicians are pig farkers?  We never really see one way or the other if the PM is a decent guy or not, or if he deserved what happened to him.  In the end, he turned out to be, I guess, a hero?

it went uphill from there, and some of the episodes were quite strong (though quite a few were throw-away).  I especially liked the movie-length one with the actress from Boardwalk Empire.


Are you referring to White Christmas? That one stuck with me for a while.
 
2017-09-13 01:16:47 PM  

baronbloodbath: Slow To Return: BeesNuts: Esc7: "What if bad thing, but with phones?"

Nearly every single black mirror episode. It's good pulpy twilight zone stuff but the "huh makes you think" thinkpieces bore me to death.

Watched the first two episodes and thought, "Oh... so these are the people that watch all the scat porno that gets posted to pornhub."

That first episode, where the PM's handler says something like, "Oh, he was just making a point", I guess is supposed to explain the whole episode, except they never give us any indication of what the actual point was supposed to be.  That politicians are pig farkers?  We never really see one way or the other if the PM is a decent guy or not, or if he deserved what happened to him.  In the end, he turned out to be, I guess, a hero?

it went uphill from there, and some of the episodes were quite strong (though quite a few were throw-away).  I especially liked the movie-length one with the actress from Boardwalk Empire.

Are you referring to White Christmas? That one stuck with me for a while.


Last episode of Season 3.  With the bees.
 
2017-09-13 01:20:30 PM  

Slow To Return: it went uphill from there, and some of the episodes were quite strong (though quite a few were throw-away).  I especially liked the movie-length one with the actress from Boardwalk Empire.


or did you mean the one that was everything robo drone bees? because that was everything the xfiles movie wasn't.
 
2017-09-13 01:20:31 PM  

LewDux: You Are All Sheep: Outlawtsar: "...the show continues to try to find a doomsday prophecy that tech giants might still view as a warning, and not a corporate benchmark for Q2 2018."

Even though it wasn't shown as a dystopia per se, I guarantee someone is working on a San Junipero TCKR system right now.  That's the last great untapped consumer market: the dead.  Just think of all the ads you could show a dead person and the fact that you'd never have to provide physical products, just virtual goods for the virtually alive.  Then the idea that a person's wealth wouldn't be transferred to the next of kin, but instead be available to be spent for eternity in virtual reality.  Heck, that'd mean they would run out unless they had to have a job and a paycheck and of course pay taxes in the afterlife. Forever.

/When is the rest of this season coming out?

yea but is it really 'you' that gets downloaded?  or just all the data your brain is generating until it (your brain) stops then the simulation just runs.

I need this discussion like I need another slot in my head


yea I think of stuff like this ever since the star trek transporter discussions popped up about captain kirk dying hundreds or thousands of times ala The Prestige.

you're basically making clones with all of your memories, etc.  But when it fades to black 'for you'.  another you wakes up.  seamless for that new version of you, nothing has changed, but previous you is gone forever.

It'd be cooler if it was like "The Jaunt" by Stephen King.  That'd be something they could bring up on Black Mirror.  That's a good short story.
 
2017-09-13 01:22:09 PM  

foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
[media.tenor.com image 498x278]


That one seemed really plausible
 
2017-09-13 01:23:53 PM  

ds615: ClicheRinpoche: I keep reading and rereading the article, trying to figure out if I'm missing something or if the writer has no idea what 'dystopia' means.

"Face locking technology"
Your phone recognizes your face.
The only way it can do that, is if your phone is looking for it.
Constantly.
Your camera is constantly on, looking for you.


Probably the infrared camera.  Too expensive power-wise otherwise.
 
2017-09-13 01:27:05 PM  

ThatGuyOverThere: Slow To Return: it went uphill from there, and some of the episodes were quite strong (though quite a few were throw-away).  I especially liked the movie-length one with the actress from Boardwalk Empire.

or did you mean the one that was everything robo drone bees? because that was everything the xfiles movie wasn't.


Yea, the bees one.  I quite enjoyed that one, really well done for a TV show that not a lot of people watch.
 
2017-09-13 01:28:03 PM  

thornhill: secularsage: I love Black Mirror, and I think it has some strong allegorical qualities to today's society, as good science fiction should. For example, *spoiler* the episode about the occupying soldiers who've been trained to see their enemies as monsters is not so far off from how police are trained to view people of color or how special ops elites are trained to view Arabs today.

But I want to smack people any time they say it predicts the future or accurately represents the present. Every episode as a contrivance that makes the plot possible, but which doesn't remotely hold up if you apply any sort of logic outside the confines of the story.

I don't think anyone is being quite as literal as you think.

The plots are usually based on some kind of observation about technology/media that are currently true, and then episodes examine what happens when you take one of these trends to an extreme.

And in the episode in question, while ranking systems for people is the conceit, what is accurate is how much energy people put into maintaining their social media appearance and that we are judged for things like jobs based on our social media profiles.


Ask what happens when the robots take over and no one is needed for a real job.... 1 million credits gives a hint to a possible "solution"
 
2017-09-13 01:30:03 PM  

Fano: thornhill: secularsage: I love Black Mirror, and I think it has some strong allegorical qualities to today's society, as good science fiction should. For example, *spoiler* the episode about the occupying soldiers who've been trained to see their enemies as monsters is not so far off from how police are trained to view people of color or how special ops elites are trained to view Arabs today.

But I want to smack people any time they say it predicts the future or accurately represents the present. Every episode as a contrivance that makes the plot possible, but which doesn't remotely hold up if you apply any sort of logic outside the confines of the story.

I don't think anyone is being quite as literal as you think.

The plots are usually based on some kind of observation about technology/media that are currently true, and then episodes examine what happens when you take one of these trends to an extreme.

And in the episode in question, while ranking systems for people is the conceit, what is accurate is how much energy people put into maintaining their social media appearance and that we are judged for things like jobs based on our social media profiles.

Ask what happens when the robots take over and no one is needed for a real job.... 1 million credits gives a hint to a possible "solution"


A society run on microtransactions.

although I can think of worse ways to live than just riding a bike all day.
 
2017-09-13 01:37:06 PM  
I am amazed there has not been any love for Be Right Back.

The one ep that really hit me was History of You.
 
2017-09-13 01:39:30 PM  
Loved the series and cant wait for it to return.

White Christmas is my favorite, then the one where the woman is punished over and over again for her crimes by being hunted.
 
2017-09-13 01:42:43 PM  

TheNewWinch: Loved the series and cant wait for it to return.

White Christmas is my favorite, then the one where the woman is punished over and over again for her crimes by being hunted.


White Bear.

White Christmas was the shack in the wilderness.
 
2017-09-13 01:52:05 PM  

foo monkey: Mad_Radhu: Five stars!

Loved that episode.  I got my wife to watch it by telling her it had a happy ending.  She disagreed.
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By Black Mirror standards, it was a really happy ending.  The protagonist's life was ruined, as usual, but she didn't mind at all.  Plus no deaths or horrible sex acts.
 
2017-09-13 01:58:30 PM  

Saiga410: TheNewWinch: Loved the series and cant wait for it to return.

White Christmas is my favorite, then the one where the woman is punished over and over again for her crimes by being hunted.

White Bear.

White Christmas was the shack in the wilderness.


thanks, I couldn't remember the name of the town one.

Both of those were intense for completely different reasons. I did think the Nosedive episode was great and pretty spot on with intense focus on social media lives instead of real ones, nowadays.
 
2017-09-13 02:14:04 PM  

You Are All Sheep: It'd be cooler if it was like "The Jaunt" by Stephen King.  That'd be something they could bring up on Black Mirror.  That's a good short story.


Short story?

It's longer than you think....
 
2017-09-13 02:20:39 PM  

thornhill: secularsage: I love Black Mirror, and I think it has some strong allegorical qualities to today's society, as good science fiction should. For example, *spoiler* the episode about the occupying soldiers who've been trained to see their enemies as monsters is not so far off from how police are trained to view people of color or how special ops elites are trained to view Arabs today.

But I want to smack people any time they say it predicts the future or accurately represents the present. Every episode as a contrivance that makes the plot possible, but which doesn't remotely hold up if you apply any sort of logic outside the confines of the story.

I don't think anyone is being quite as literal as you think.

The plots are usually based on some kind of observation about technology/media that are currently true, and then episodes examine what happens when you take one of these trends to an extreme.

And in the episode in question, while ranking systems for people is the conceit, what is accurate is how much energy people put into maintaining their social media appearance and that we are judged for things like jobs based on our social media profiles.


Hell, China is is already implementing a system like the one in Nosedive
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame_Credit

Propaganda Games: Sesame Credit - The True Danger of Gamification - Extra Credits
Youtube lHcTKWiZ8sI


/of course, that system is one step farther than say...a credit score...
 
2017-09-13 02:21:37 PM  

You Are All Sheep: yea I think of stuff like this ever since the star trek transporter discussions popped up about captain kirk dying hundreds or thousands of times ala The Prestige.

you're basically making clones with all of your memories, etc.  But when it fades to black 'for you'.  another you wakes up.  seamless for that new version of you, nothing has changed, but previous you is gone forever.

It'd be cooler if it was like "The Jaunt" by Stephen King.  That'd be something they could bring up on Black Mirror.  That's a good short story.


Are you aware of the technological singularitists or Roko's Basilisk?

Roko's Basilisk is hilarious to me, because the futurists treat it like an INCREDIBLY dangerous memetic construct that could gain control over all the world by just THINKING about it. And they're serious.

It works off the principle that eventually an electronic copy of your mind will be imaged, and refreshed into a new body somewhere in the future by an near omnipotent AI, that will torture you endlessly because you didn't help create it and give it power.

It's a threat. You have to help create this god AI otherwise it will torture a copy of you. But why would you care about a copy?

Well the futurists believe a weird thing, that maybe when their copy gets "turned on" somewhere in the future their consciousness, living right now, will wake up in there. It's magical thinking and an obvious desperate dream hope that they will go to the land of singularity make believe and never die.

Roko's Basilisk turns that dream on it's head.
 
2017-09-13 02:29:42 PM  

foo monkey: secularsage:
But I want to smack people any time they say it predicts the future or accurately represents the present. Every episode as a contrivance that makes the plot possible, but which doesn't remotely hold up if you apply any sort of logic outside the confines of the story.

The creator of the show says he imagines each episode has a trap.  The characters then move through the trap.  Sometimes they get out.  Sometimes they don't.  Sometimes getting out was never an option.


Also I don't think Black Mirror is inventing or contriving these futures.  I think they are taking popular tech/social trends and taking them to their darkest ends.  Black Mirror = a dark reflection of ourselves.
 
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