Review of The Growlers

Carter Feiss and Chip Barrett, Writers

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In late October, Netflix released the British show Black Mirror and added a new season. I heard about it from a few of my classmates, who described it as a “modern day Twilight Zone.” It explores the negative consequences that technology will have on society in the near future through a variety of extreme and satirical plots. Each episode features an entirely new cast in an entirely new setting, but there is a common thread running through the series: its criticism of the use of technology in our lives. With such a relevant theme, it did not take long for Black Mirror to become popular, even in the Friends School community. But interestingly, it seemed to especially resonate with young people.

The creator of the series, Charlie Brooker, said that, “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.” He believes, like many others, that technology is a drug, and he created the show to explore its “side-effects.” Our generation is discovering these side-effects quickly, and we worry about our future if we continue to live as addicts. Black Mirror reveals our fears about what we will become, fears that only young people really have to worry about. We fear especially because we don’t see how to stop ourselves from ending up like the people in the show: the subjects of technology’s dictatorship. Black Mirror forces us to think about our own lives, and whether or not we have let technology play too large a role.

Another thing about Black Mirror that’s scary for young people is that we are the generation that may go on to invent similar things. It makes us second guess the advancements we want to make and reevaluate the type of lifestyle we want as adults. Most significantly, it makes us consider that maybe what we need to do in the future is not advance technology, but take a step back from it.

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Review of The Growlers