Black Mirror Reflection: Justice

By Nick Weaver

Conversations surrounding increasing voter turnout and fighting voter suppression have been swirling since the end of the Civil War. Lately, this conversation has begun again as politicians have proposed ideas like passing voter ID laws and changing the date of election day.

In this episode of “Black Mirror” titled “Justice,” a law has been passed in the United States allowing citizens to vote on their phone using an app. Ten years after the passing of the law, voter turnout in elections has risen to an astonishing 98 percent, and the public is extremely satisfied with the way our republic is functioning. Ignorance is bliss.

After receiving an anonymous tip, however, the main character, a journalist named Lincoln Carter, sets off on an investigation to shed light on the truth behind the voting app. Lincoln is young, attractive, and extremely ambitious. What he finds when he digs into the records is far more infamous than anything he previously imagined.

The mysterious tech company that created the app, called Titan, has been secretly working with political parties and large corporations to manipulate the elections. While public faith in elections has soared, Titan has been selling influence and choosing winning candidates who agree with their interests.

By the end of the episode, Lincoln has figured out all of Titan’s secrets. Before he can publish anything, he’s kidnapped and brought before the tribunal of Titan executives. Instead of killing him, however, the executives at Titan offer him another option.

Four years passes, and a television broadcast shows the inauguration of the next President of the United States. Lincoln walks forward and places his hand on the Bible to take the oath of office. As the camera pans back, we see two of the Titan executives watching the television smiling and talking. All is as it was before.

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