It's the year 2020, but the topics and issues discussed in "The Twilight Zone" classic series are relevant today. "Number 12 Looks Just Like You” focuses on the expectations of society and the beauty norms of the time. The episode is a frightening, modern day reality of plastic surgery, beauty standards, and mental health problems.
Linh Nguyen "The Entire History of You" brought viewers into a world where most of the population has adopted a device called "the grain," an implant used to record everything by default. One could rewind any memory they want to access to relive or observe, and it could even be shared with others on a …
“White Bear” plays a significant role in opening the discussion of the ethics of punishment, and the role social media plays in the topic. The morals involved in deciding who is deserving of punishment critically result in the involvement of the public.
The mobile phone has brought both positivity and negativity into our lives. It is the double-edged sword that resides in our pockets at all times.
Trust, leadership, government. All are necessary tools for a group of people to survive, live and prosper. When the government is overly involved in society, citizens often lose their ability to be the decision-makers in their own lives. On the other hand, with too little government, society will not survive. This situation is similar to saying "two sides of the same coin."
Today, thanks to the internet, anyone can become a journalist. Whether it is through writing a story or taking a video, publicizing one’s opinion is only a few clicks away. With that possibility, however, emerges a problem: the bystander effect.
Alexandra Davis In "The Twilight Zone" episode "The Lateness of the Hour," the audience is introduced to the Loren family. Dr. William Loren, the patriarch, is surrounded by his wife, Mrs. Loren, his daughter, Jana, and a team of servants. You quickly learn that the family has not left their mansion in several years. Jana, …
The article also talks of the danger of the “mob mentality” and how seeing Carson as a spectacle was a direct cause of the negligence that led to his death. The mentality can cause people to “deviate in significant and extraordinary ways from their ordinary behavior and act in ways that are legally reprehensible…as they did in this case."
A society in which we base our place in society and our self worth on a “rating” is upon us, especially in larger cities. Some clubs in New York City ask you to show your Instagram following before being admitted. There are certain murals in L.A that require you to be verified on Twitter before you can view them and take photos in front of them.
“Be Right Back” is all about grief, the mourning process of one, and how in the new age, technology influences it.
“Hedonic treadmill” is a term used by psychologists to define the feeling of a happiness boost people feel for only a short amount of time. The hedonic treadmill is a theory that “people return to their baseline level of happiness, regardless of what happens to them.”
Many "Black Mirror" episodes show the dangers of being obsessed with social media. With each of those episodes, there is always the consequence of becoming too involved. The episodes “Be Right Back” and “Nosedive” are two examples. While they may not share the same dangers, they both show how social media obsession can affect someone.
"Black Mirror’s" episode "Nosedive" depicts a near futuristic society dependent on technology, eerily reminiscent of our world today. So great is the importance we place on these platforms, a significant number of people are addicted to social media.