What does ‘White Bear’ say about society?

What does White Bear say about society today and in the near future?

“This concept was the most interesting to me because it utilized vigilante justice. This is a tale as old as time. Think the Coliseum, crucifictions, public hangings. These all promoted violence to a public that craved it. It’s interesting we might look at this as psychopathic when, just centuries ago, people paid money and took off work to watch lions tear men to shreds. And they cheered like it was the Super Bowl. So this episode presents nothing new about society. It just added new technology to man’s long-time depravity, something which has clearly lasted throughout the ages.” – Reagan Pepper


“With prison overcrowding, and entertainment forms coming to a standstill, I could honestly see the justice system transitioning to this. I feel like it’s not a stretch at all for the world we live in to accept this form of punishment for entertainment purposes.”


“I think White Bear represents Snapchat for our generation. You cannot go out and do something stupid without it being captured on video and posted for everyone to see.”


“Like White Bear, as a society, we are becoming more desensitized to others’ discomfort and pain for the sake of entertainment. In the near future, I think it is only going to get worse.”


“I feel White Bear is a reflection of our society’s eagerness to burn an individual at the stake, and the mob mentality we seem to share. Often, when someone is publicly accused of a crime, they receive instant backlash from the community, whether on social media or even real life death threats. White Bear is this idea of a community seeking justice taken to the extreme.”


“I think White Bear really portrays the concept of ‘an eye for an eye,’ and that our society will participate in the humiliation of others for their own entertainment, especially on social media. We see this all of the time on apps like Twitter – of course, to a much lesser extent. For example, people may cyberbully or make fun of others for their own entertainment. The ways that people use social media to bring others down could definitely lead to problems in the future.” – Destiny Walsh


“One thing I really took away from White Bear is that rarely do things go unseen today. With technology being so advanced and dispersed at everyone’s fingertips, it is hard for people to get away with things without some sort of record. White Bear exhibits how society draws opinions and feelings about matters based on media and other influences. Everyone ganged up on the main character, just like society does on public cases, people and stories. In the near future, I think things will hardly ever go unnoticed or unseen, and nearly everything will be documented in some way, shape or form.” – Alexa Bortles


“This episode was truly frightening and hopefully doesn’t show a future for society. However, it in some ways, it mirrors people’s blindness to media control and the fact that we all need to wake up from this.” – Margaret Wallace


“People are on their cell phones recording and not helping. That’s seen in today’s society. The remote and camera is going to ruin the world.” – Kedrick Smith


“It shows what could possibly happen to people who commit crimes. The prisons and jails may become too crowded one day. Who knows? Maybe convicted felons will be on TV shows and be intentionally tortured just like in White Bear. The TV show was doing pretty bad things, and they were getting tons of support from the audience. Hopefully, this type of media never exists.” – Noah Scannell


“I think it says our society is becoming restless with entertainment and wants new types, even ones considered so cruel, like White Bear. It says we are losing our side of being humane and just. It is almost like treating another human like an animal for fun.” – Thomas Mooney


“Society has, for a long time, idolized criminals. The family event element of this is really twisted. I don’t think children should be exposed to that kind of moral dilemma. Everyone was videotaping the girl, so there are different shots of her freaking out. They dehumanized her, and that is something society should never do. With society today, it could represent how the justice system can go foul. Also, our thirst to be entertained can become very dark. The ones running these, all they care about is viewer ratings.” C. Olivia Sanders


“There are so many YouTube videos of people getting beat up or attacked because people would rather film than help people, and since the producers of “Black Mirror” felt the need to make a video about it, you can only assume it is going to get worse, and that people will film until the victim dies.” – Cat Sanders


“White Bear” could possibly be how future convicts are handled. We already put those who have committed crimes on television, so I think this would be in our near future. We also already slander the criminals, guilty or not guilty, through various forms of social media, so there is room to say, why not in front of their faces? I have no doubt some people think this way.” – Hannah Humphreys


“Being that everything is already focused on phones, that episode was right on the head. For example, when people see police jumping on a victim or anything, they automatically start recording or taking pictures. If you didn’t catch it on camera or record it on Snapchat, no one will believe you. It’s sickening how much we pull out our phones and record any little thing. The girl in this video was being chased around, and no one wanted to help her. The episode showed how the new future will be.” – Alexis T. Rhoden


“I think that this episode was trying to shed some light on something hard to talk about – murder. I don’t think that it was saying, as a society, we think it’s OK, but in an sense, we sort of glorify it. Take the O.J. Simpson case or the Jon Benet Ramsey case for example. Both cases are still unsolved, both have Netflix shows, both were huge stories in the media. We don’t think about the people affected by this, because it’s interesting to us. This is going to continue to be an issue the longer we, as a society, glorify these horrible incidents. Putting these things all over the media like we do is sort of sick, and I just feel like this episode was indirectly hinting at the idea that ‘murder’ isn’t really perceived how it should be.” – Ashton Rawls


“I think we are basically amoral zombies with no empathy for others who are absorbed by social approval. The episode shows what people could be like if they had technological control over others and the power to give them cruel punishment for ‘justice.'” – Brantley Meaders


“I think White Bear illustrates the fact that, in today’s globally-connected and social world, more eyes and judges are upon you than ever. If you commit a crime, it’s not an issue between you, the court, and victim anymore. The entire public can cast judgement and forsake you. For instance, George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, but practically the whole world hates him so much he can’t go out in public.”  – Isaac Harrelson

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