“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.
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.
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."
Most episodes of "Black Mirror" are a little disturbing, and “White Bear” is no exception. At first, it seems like a dystopia or post-apocalyptic world. After some reflection, I think what is often the most unsettling thing about the “White Bear” episode and so many other episodes of "Black Mirror" is you are kind of going through the experience with the character.
"Black Mirror's" "White Bear" episode was certainly one of the darker episodes of the series. I watched it late at night, and it left me feeling unsettled until I fell asleep. I think the episode really reflects hyperbolized, but possible, versions of our society.