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TOPIC: Black Mirror *Season 3 Spoilers*

Black Mirror *Season 3 Spoilers* 30 Oct 2016 15:07 #10743

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I recently started watching a show on Netflix called Black Mirror. It is similar to Twilight Zone but discusses technology and the modern world. The first episode of the third season revolves around a woman who lives in this world where everyone's lives and reputation are based on interactions with others people. For example, if someone has a positive interaction with someone, they pull out their phones and rate that interaction. The higher the person's rating, the more respected they are by their peers and they have more privileges such as free gifts from service workers, priority plane boarding, and enrollment into special housing. Therefore, most people in the society do what they can to secure a high rating . They fake or exaggerate moments in their own lives to win "likes" or upvotes which increases their reputation. However, when you get a negative rating, it is usually due to gossip, a bad interaction, for speaking their mind, or just by people not liking them. For example, one character lost a large amount of ratings because they were vilified after a breakup. The story revolves around the main character having to move out of her shared home with her brother. She found a place she loved but needed a rating of 4.5/5. She was only at a 4.3 so needed a boost and the episode is based on her attempts to increase her rating.

What makes this episode especially fascinating to me is that it is an exaggerated reflection of social media. A lot of people are caught up in their social media presence that they are more concerned about being popular than being authentic. People will fake posts to gain more likes which in turn signifies a higher reputation or rating. It is a byproduct of social media and the need for people to belong. If people are authentic, not everyone will agree with or appreciate it, resulting in lower ratings or popularity. While I do not try too hard to get likes on social media, I can definitely relate to the need to belong with the "cool crowd" and feel good about myself when people I look up to like my posts. It is definitely something I feel embarrassed about because my worth isn't dependent on people's likes but I definitely cannot deny that I enjoy the attention from social media. However, I think that some people take it to the extreme and need the approval from their peers in order to feel like they belong in society, which is exactly what this episode directed attention to. I've binge watched the series over the past week and Black Mirror has definitely made me put our society into a different perspective and understand some of the consequences that can come with the modern world.
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Black Mirror *Season 3 Spoilers* 30 Oct 2016 19:32 #10757

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Hi Madison! I actually watched one episode of this show from Season 3 as well but I'm not sure what episode. The episode you're discussing sounds super interesting. I totally get the connection you made of the dramatization of social media. I agree that social media drives people to appear certain ways simply because that's what is approved of and "liked" by society. I also admit I've been susceptible to social media, like by saying certain things or posting certain pictures. I'm definitely going to continue to watch this show after reading your discussion about it!
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Black Mirror *Season 3 Spoilers* 30 Oct 2016 20:47 #10765

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Hello Madison, I must say after reading the synopsis of the episode, I was fascinated by the concept and got me thinking that especially in our era right now where technology plays a big role in our society, will there be a chance in the near future where people will in fact start rating us just by our actions and positions in life, for me that's scary because I tend to shy away from communication as I am a quite timid person, so if I was in fact living in the episode, would have I gotten a very low rating or bad review from the people? That was the question and fear that got me as it may be possible such occurences may happen in the future just by analyzing our present environment
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