The Future is Already Here
Ever since our CreepBlockers privacy decals debuted in September, people keep talking to us about the Netflix series, Black Mirror. Every episode features an entirely new cast each time, with an independent story line and reality so you don’t have to watch episodes concurrently. Both Safertech and Black Mirror examine the pervasive obsession with our tech devices, where the show derives its name:
… 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. Charlie Brooker explained the series’ title to The Guardian: “If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects?”
The Connected World Takes Over
What’s neat about this dark series is that Black Mirror is the sort of thriller-horror show where Steven King meets Ray Bradbury meets the Twilight Zone. In every episode, the central character is living in a futuristic nightmare where ever-advancing technology has unintended outcomes. However the more you watch, the more you realize technology is horrifying – yes – but it’s also realistic and all-too-plausible. Here is the first of five times Black Mirror gets hits too close to home. Spoiler alerts ahead!
Desperate for some Creep Blocking!
“Shut up and Dance” is the episode where the main character could have really used a CreepBlocker on his webcam! We meet a gangly teen pictured doing something intimate alone on camera, only to receive a threatening message that someone was watching and recording his private act on camera. The instructions tells him to immediately run an errand in a parking garage if he doesn’t want to be exposed, where he meets another frenzied victim of this extortion scam. Via text message, he keeps being directed to complete tasks all while meeting victims. Each victim, has something they are desperate to hide. The errands get more and more insane (like robbing a bank)
At this frenzied, stressful pace, you’re left wondering why he just doesn’t expose himself doing a typical thing teenage boys do in private…until the twist is revealed and you find out our teen has way more to hide. Incredible, jaw-dropping turn of events.
Safertech Black Mirror Solution
Our lives with technology do not have to be this scary! All we have to do is take simple steps to make sure we’re living mindfully in our connected world We’re all about Solutions here at Safertech, so the one for today is KEEP THAT WEBCAM COVERED.
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