Black Mirror

Talking about a TV show in a blog for grad students can be risky: who has the time to watch them? Myself I am not aware of most of the things going on on TV, but by recommendation of a friend, I came across this ‘dark trilogy of twisted tales from Charlie Brooker’ called Black Mirror. Who is Charlie Brooker? I had no idea either, probably some famous guy in England.

“So what? It is just another TV show,” you might say. But anyone interested on technology and how it can affect human relations should enjoy this.

The show is not only entertaining, but also teases the viewer with dystopian scenarios on how society can transform itself around new technologies. On the three episodes you will find not only our incessant and disproportionate attention to social media, but also other modern concepts being pushed to their extremes, such as having our whole histories documented, a gamified life, the absurdity of reality shows, intrusive forms of advertisement, and others.

When I started this post I was going to write about the show itself, and one episode in particular (15 Million Merits), but then I realized that probably no one has watched it here in Canada, so it would be a one-way conversation and worse – I would spoil the surprise for those interested in watching.

I was lucky to watch it on YouTube when it was available before they removed it for obvious copyright reasons… I tried to look whether the show would be available here soon (either on TV or DVD or streaming or…) without success. If you know anything about it, please leave a comment.

By the way, I had already discussed about the DRM problem in books, that it is hard to have one single collection of electronic books. The same applies to video. I had to ditch my DVD collection twice when moving from South America to Europe, then from Europe to Canada, because of unnecessary lock zones. And now with streaming and downloading (legally, I mean) the lock-in gets even worse. Hopefully books and movies will be sold DRM-free in a near future just like music today.

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