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Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits

Someone sent me the link for the first part of a five part upload of this episode.  I watched it and couldn’t stop until I had finished them all.  Imagine a world where everything you do either deducts or adds merits.  A bit of toothpaste needed to brush your teeth once deducts merits.  Riding a stationary bike, which is a job to provide power to all the TV screens, adds merits.  And to skip a pornographic commercial is a major deduction of merits.  You are not even allowed to close your eyes during the commercial else face a horrific piercing sound and red lights until you re-open your eyes.

Black Mirror is a three-part television drama series created by Charlie Brooker. The series is produced by Zeppotron for Endemol (sorry, but those names sound like a pharmaceutical company to me). Regarding the programme’s content and structure, Brooker noted, “each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.”

An Endemol press release describes the series as “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world”, with the stories having a “techno-paranoia” feel.  The series has been described as “a twisted parable for the Twitter age”.

This is the second episode of the series, and the overall time for all of the five videos below is one hour.


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  1. I watched all five parts. Fascinating as well as deeply disturbing. Science fiction is often prophetic – Hopefully this is not the realization of our future, since in ways it seems like we’re already well on our way there. Thanks for sharing.

    • Wow! I’m impressed! I know when I’m on the internet, I’m rather ADHD… hard for me to stay on any one thing for very long. I research and post and move one. When I started the first video, I intended on watching about 4 or 5 minutes… and couldn’t stop. Found the rest of them until I finished them all. Twenty years ago, this would have been complete sci-fi to me. But now… more (like you said) prophetic than sci-fi.

      • I tend to be the same way when I’m online, but this really grabbed and held my attention. It’s like watching what our world would become if Facebook, Fox TV and Halliburton all merged and took over civilization. Scary thought…

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