Black Mirror

Previously, on the Front Row Crew Forum:

> San Junipero

Ok they’re in a holodeck or something, how is this going to go wrong? Maybe they’re in the Matrix, or like a Soylent Green or Logan’s Run scenario. It’s not going to end well for these gir- oh, huh. It ended pretty nicely for those girls.

It was kind of nice to have one end on a not-dystopian note.

As far as endings go, this one is slightly more ambiguous than others. If the ending is happy or not depends on your outlook in general, and whether you prescribe to the SOMA-esque way of thinking about digital brains.

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I seriously hope that San Junipero hasn’t used up our quota of Terrible Things Not Happening to LGBT People for the show as a whole.

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Get hyped

Oh man, I still haven’t been able to start San Junipero after watching Shut Up And Dance. Far too many of these episodes just hit so close to reality that it gets really hard to watch for me.

San Junipero is happy!

If you’re not from the UK and can’t get access to 4OD (channel 4 on demand), I recommend setting sail and watching seasons 1, 2 and Christmas special before watching the Netflix seasons.

Not because there’s continuity. Simply to not miss out!

Seconded. I actually think most of the best episodes are in the first two seasons, particularly “Fifteen Million Merits”.

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http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-mirror/episode-guide

Season 4 today on Netflix!

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LMAO guys hahhaah

Let me guess - It turns out, technology that people wanted and thought was good, is actually bad.

Call me Charlie Brooker, I’ve got ten seasons of this shit written already.

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durr hburr technology is bad fire is scary and thomas edison was a witch

Me am play gods

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What I like about Black Mirror is that many of the episodes are set in a near-future, not a far-future. Some themes:

  1. Copying a human consciousness is practically guaranteed to be used in callous and immoral ways
  2. Anything that can rewrite memories or sensory data fundamentally breaks all known social contracts and radically changes the idea of who someone is
  3. Even primarily good technology will have people who attempt to abuse it, yet this danger is usually ignored

For a lot of people, these are ideas that they haven’t really encountered before in a relatable way. It’s baby’s first me-am-play-gods to people like us, but by and large it’s a good introduction to these very real pitfalls to more… basic… people.

They aren’t saying FIRE BAD so much as FIRE COMPLICATED; DID YOU CONSIDER IF A BAD OR STUPID PERSON USED THIS?

I find that a huge number of technologists have deep blind spots around how their ideas will be misused. (Will, not can).

That said, there are definitely some stinkers in Black Mirror.

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