Sunday, December 4, 2016
#339 / Bleak Mirror
Black Mirror is a television series that is now available on Netflix. I found Seasons One and Two rather compelling, and we are now up to Season Three, which has been specially commissioned by Netflix. The first show in Season Three is called "Nosedive." It takes that "Like" idea you find on Facebook, and pushes it quite a bit further. You can get a bit of the flavor of that episode, and learn more about Black Mirror, by activating the You Tube link below.
I am teaching a course at the University of California, Santa Cruz, entitled, "Privacy, Technology And Freedom." Almost all of the Black Mirror episodes raise serious questions about the "privacy" and "freedom" implications of our new technologies.
If you like books, and would like to explore the conjoined topics of privacy, technology, and freedom, you can read The Circle, by Dave Eggers. I recommend it unequivocally!
If you like video, check out Black Mirror. I don't want to be too alarmist, but the future portrayed, perhaps only slightly exaggerated, is what I'd call horrific:
(1) - http://www.manrepeller.com/best_of_internet/black-mirror-netflix.html
(2) - http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/24/13379204/black-mirror-season-3-episode-1-nosedive-recap