Black Mirror Reflection: FilterMe

By Clara Williams

The year is 2078, and an extreme form of political correctness has taken over the entire U.S. A new software called “FilterMe” that was created three years prior to this time is installed on every technological device that filters everything you read, say, and type in order to regulate political correctness.

People who have radically opposed this have been taken to court, and all landed in jail as a result for not complying. If your device overhears you speaking inappropriately about a subject that could be taken as offensive, it immediately notifies the local authorities, and you are alerted on your phone to appear at a hearing where elected officials will find you guilty or not guilty.

If found guilty, you are “muted” from speaking to others for a minimum of two weeks. This amount doubling after every infraction.

The episode initially begins with a woman’s daily interactions, and these interactions truly look like a picture of world peace. Everything toward the beginning of this episode looks quite picturesque.

Gay and women’s rights no longer must be fought for, and liberal and conservative parties no longer exist because arguments between the two were deemed completely inappropriate and offensive. Media outlets that were once considered to be in favor of one party or another have been shut down.

As the episode continues, you begin to realize that this reality is not the peaceful one that it seems to be on the surface. FilterMe has essentially silenced what used to be the free press, and any right to an opinion has essentially been silenced for the sake of “political correctness.”

America inevitably implodes under the weight of these laws, and thus the riots begin. The episode ends with the main character stumbling down the main street of what used to be her “perfect,” inclusive town, now in flames as she watches the bloody chaos that surrounds her.

The camera then cuts to her hand as she clutches her phone, being alerted second by second of her violations to the system.

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