Wednesday, May 31, 2017
#151 / Dark Reflections
On December 4, 2016, my posting on this blog was titled, "Bleak Mirror." I teach a Legal Studies "Capstone" course at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and I have focused the course on the issues of "Privacy, Technology, And Freedom." I'm giving my students "Extra Credit" if they watch an episode from the Black Mirror series on Netflix (the series that stimulated my "Bleak Mirror" posting last December), and then provide an online comment.
I recommend that Black Mirror series to everyone. Black Mirror definitely makes us think about how "technology" affects both our "privacy" and our "freedom." So does Dave Eggers' novel (now a film) The Circle, about which I have commented before, and which I also recommended last December. That recommendation continues in effect!
All too often, we assume that "progress," and especially "technological" progress, is something that takes us forward, and leads us on to a better future. Anyone who has read my blog postings more than occasionally knows that I am skeptical of this bias in favor of new technology. I am particularly distressed with the Silicon Valley idea that "disruption" is always desirable.
Anyone not familiar with Black Mirror is encouraged to track down this series. There are three seasons, so far, and they are not very long seasons, so if you get hooked it won't take you forever to watch every episode. Netflix has a one month free introduction offer, and you could easily watch them all in that one free month!