Black Mirror: A Reality or a Hoax

By: |Simra Shahab|


With an iconic video reference of British anthology science fiction television series, let’s start with a topic that has always sparked interest between individuals.

Today’s time is literally surrounded by technology and our eyes stuck to black screens like a bee in its hive. Modern issues, specifically focusing on mankind’s dependency on technology.

“Black Mirror’s Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology.”

-National Public Radio

Having said that, a look around is not enough to know where humans have elevated with the use of technology.

The US Department of Justice estimates that 8% of women and 2% of men have been stalked at one point in their lives. About one million women and 400,000 men are stalked each year in the United States.

“Facebook faces multiple court cases in the U.S. and the prospect of a $3-5 billion FTC fine for its privacy breaches.”  The Electronic Frontier Foundation dismissed the impact of that this week, saying that, “punitive fines alone, no matter the size, are unlikely to change the overlapping privacy and competition harms at the center of Facebook’s business model. Whether or not it levies fines, the FTC should use its power to make Facebook better in meaningful ways.” Says, Zuckerberg’s co-founder Chris Hughes.

We might have been watching the hidden yet true series of horror through these shows that unveil what originally had or have been happening. The privacy breaching blunder did come in front of us as clear as crystal.

For instance, whatever we post on social media is posted on the internet forever. Hence, it’s a matter of couple minutes to stalk anyone down, with all their information in hand.

“I don’t know that we’re really much of a binge-watching show, because it’s a bit like being hit by a car,” Charlie Brooker told Collider in 2016.“How many times can you get hit by a car in one day?”

How much of these episodes hold the truth? Because if so, it would be a massive chatter for the coming years.

Imagine public being stalked through surveillance cameras and judged on your ‘citizen score’ depending on your behavior in the public eye. Yep! China had this policy. Security cameras had been attached on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, on May 19, 2017, and other public spaces.

It paints a pretty dismal portrait of our future, leading many to believe the show is anti-technology. Executive producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have said that’s not the case though.

Rather, Black Mirror is a satire, ribbing our tech addiction by showing deeply exaggerated stories of a future that may come to pass if we don’t become critical of our relationship with the devices that run our lives.

As much as technology has helped the human kind in moving forward in almost every field, it has got hand full of drawbacks and a darker side, much of which the general public isn’t even aware of. Such issues like that with China’s privacy invading techniques or Facebook’s fall are only a few examples of what humans are capable of.

It’s still a far thought of what could be made with such technology more in the future and what it holds to surprise.

Safe to say, a lot of people have more knowledge of maintaining their privacy better now, however, such shows like ‘Black Mirror’ are a complete package of thrill and horror of the technological world.

If you simply couldn’t get enough visions of a technological dystopia, fear not, because a “Black Mirror” book series is currently in progress.



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