Technology is everywhere. It’s inescapable. The ubiquitous beeping and chirping notifying us of a text message, another “like” on our latest Facebook post, or a new follower on Twitter or Instagram, interrupts conversations, sleep, and our deepest thoughts. It seems we cannot go two minutes without interacting with some form of technology. And we’ve blindly accepted this without a second thought.
In the midst of all the hoopla over the latest and greatest tech, one show stands out as a cautionary message, a sort of prescient glimpse into what a future powered by artificial intelligence and machines and ordered by social media would look like. And the forecast is bleak.
The Netflix original drama Black Mirror is both captivating and chilling. It’s like a car wreck complete with flashing lights and sirens and disturbing gore, from which you can’t peel your eyes away. Named for the powered-down screen on your phone, tablet, or computer, Black Mirror is utterly unique in several ways. First, each episode stands alone with its own storyline and cast. And each episode is a dark, satirical examination of a world where our technological gadgets control us.