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Old December 5 2011, 10:44 AM   #62
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Re: Charlie Brooker Black Mirror

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^I was guessing viagra, they also had porn for him to watch as well. I loved the comment that he was recommended not to go too quickly lest it be assumed he was enjoying it!!

I'll be honest here, I've never been a huge fan of Brookers, he seems to get healded a genius a lot of the time for merely stating the obvious, and this was no different really (Twitter is bad and we're all complicit in things). that being said, and despite myriad plot holes (turner prize winning artist taking down two close protection officers and out IT'ing MI5 and co for starters) it was much better than I was expecting it to be, I was riveted to it and disturbingly it does stay with you after the fact, and I liked that Brooker made the PM a sympathetic character.

Good solid viewing, but I can't help feeling it needed something else to rise it about the obvious. that final shot of Kinnear at the bottom of the stairs was really poignient though.
I felt it could have been a bit longer and more fleshed out, but I guess that's nearly always going to be a problem in anthology stories.

That whole thing with "It's not playing well" and "It's suggested you don't go too quickly" etc. Does make you wonder about the nature of everything being focus tested and why things can't just be done with the actual reason for doing them being explained. I suppose press coverage, group think and our own biases make things play out very differently to how they should be. So it works well as a critique of everything from the whole social networking phenomenon, whether it's the instant feedback everything generates or the way it so very easily makes us fall in to mob mentality, for better and worse.
One more anal-probing gyro-pyro levitating ecoplasm alien anti-matter story and I'm going to take out my gun and shoot somebody.
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