Season 3 of Black Mirror is out on Netflix, and if you are not familiar with the dystopian series I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in technology and the role it plays in our lives.
Created by the brilliant but ever techno-sceptic Charlie Brooker, the series is comprised of self-contained episodes which each have a different cast, story and a slightly different picture of reality. The series explores 'how we may live' in the very near future, pushing technological themes to an extreme. The result is somewhat comical and nearly always disturbing and thought provoking.
My personal view on technology's effect on society is a bit more nuanced and much more positive – but Black Mirror paints a picture of what could go wrong, in as many ways as there are episodes.
“Black Mirror” is hands down the most relevant program of our time, if for no other reason than how often it can make you wonder if we’re all living in an episode of it. This prescient and mordantly funny science-fiction anthology is smart enough to be just barely ahead of its time. It doesn’t imagine interstellar civilizations or post-apocalyptic scenarios. Instead, it depicts variations on a near future transformed by information technology — our world, just a little worse. In one episode from an earlier season, characters carry an implant that records their every experience — that ends up torturing a man who learns his wife has cheated on him. Another imagines a society in which citizens can block people who displease them, rendering them as mute blobs of static — a whole-body version of Facebook unfriending.