Through the Black Mirror: Deconstructing the 'Side Effects' of the Digital Age

Terence McSweeney (Editor), Stuart Joy (Editor)

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    Very few television shows have been as intimately connected to the fears and anxieties of the global age as Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (Channel 4, 2011-14, Netflix, 2014-). A variety of directors and writers have taken aim at what Brooker described as ‘the side effects’ of contemporary culture in the course of the nineteen episodes across four seasons. Brooker wrote, ‘If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The 'black mirror' of the title is the one you'll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.’
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-19458-1
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-19457-4
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2019


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