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Documerical Techniques Used In William Brooker's Black Mirror

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The way in which Brooker chose to present the show adds to this familiarity as well. We have become better multi-taskers as our relationship with technology has grown (Turkle 242). Thus, we quickly move from one task to the next, becoming impatient when something takes too long. As an anthology series, Black Mirror can get its point across quickly. Traditional television programs must work hard to avoid the designation as a show that “moves too slowly,” especially since the arc of storylines can last for seasons; and, as a result, it may take years for a show to reveal its true message. Black Mirror, on the other hand, appeals to its audience in that it moves at the pace of today’s world—it’s true message can be found packed concisely into its title. Brooker explains the title in his article, describing the “black mirror” as the thing “you will find on every…show more content…
“Every week you were plunged into a slightly different world. There was a signature tone to the stories, the same dark chocolate coating—but the filling was always a surprise.” The “same dark chocolate coating” can be seen as UH, the superficial characteristics of a person, while the “filling [that] was always a surprise” can be attributed to HN, the essence of a person. Brooker’s metaphor implies that the individual episodes of Black Mirror, inspired by The Twilight Zone, do not lose their HN characteristics; instead, a new episode simply introduces an additional set each time—the surprise. In a way, this mirrors the audience in that the show makes the viewer aware that his or her desire makes up a large part of their nature; and, that their nature is not going anywhere. It surprises the viewer that their desire to own these technologies is so strong despite what they have seen. The surprise—the unveiling of the viewer’s nature—is the reason why Black Mirror can be seen as
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