`` Nosedive `` : Themes And Serves As A Strong Critique Of The Modern Age And The Nature Of

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“Nosedive” addresses a different set of existential themes and serves as a strong critique of the modern age and the nature of being the Other. Within “Nosedive,” there is a world in which everyone is involved in a social media application that completely runs everyone’s life. After every interaction, people will rate one another on a scale of one to five. Everything from social status to one’s ability to rent a car is based upon the score. There are organizations devoted entirely to consultations on how to become more popular, gain more followers, and move up in these superficial ranks. The episode follows a weekend in the life of Lacie: a girl with 4.2 stars and a chronic desire for acceptance. She experiences the same events we all do…show more content…
In the case of Lacie, morality is not the thing they follow blindly but the ratings. They remain entrenched in their technology and follow along that system as though there were no other alternative. In the same way that Nietzsche saw the people of his modern era as herd animals moving toward democracy, the people of Lacie’s time blindly move toward ratings. If they cannot attain those ratings they are excluded from the herd. This episode also shows a clear distinction between those with high-ratings and those who do not. This dichotomy is similar to the nature of being the Other as discussed by Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon. Each of these existentialists focused on applied existentialism- feminist existentialism and Africana existentialism respectively. Yet they share a common concept, one’s place is society is not determined by one’s essence so much as external factors like gender or race. The same can be applied to the rating system that is a core element of Lacie’s lived experience. In The Second Sex, Simone remarks on the female lived experience stating “In actuality the relation of the two sexes is not quite like that of two electrical poles, for man represents both the positive and the neutral, as indicated by the common use of man to designate human beings in general; whereas woman only represents the negative” (Beauvoir, Page xxi). While in Lacie’s world there is certainly more

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