We've seen two episodes of Black Mirror. Whoa. That's some tough TV watchin'. If you haven't heard of this program, you can read up on it here.
It's The Twilight Zone, but for post-millennium culture, with all that entails: pop fame, viral fame, viral shaming, terrorism, look-at-me, vote-for-me, give-me-likes, scapegoating, porn, rampant sexualization, branding, the virtual world as the opium of the masses, post modernism, performance art, class, inequality, you name it... in just the first two episodes.
It's gotten great reviews, even in China where it's quite popular, but I'm not sure I like it. The first two episodes definitely nail some serious problems with modern culture and lifestyles, but Episode One was especially hard on the senses and the stomach. If I continue to watch it, I'll probably have to do so on my own.
For Americans, the program streams on Netflix.
Update: Here's a tweet referring to Wednesday's Roanoke shooting. Many tweeted the same observation.
Today, we lived an episode of Black Mirror. Some people couldn’t turn it off, here. This is an unwelcome novelty. https://t.co/FK4eSlAjcZ— Alex Howard (@digiphile) August 26, 2015