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15 Million Merits

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Black Mirror, a TV drama by Charlie Brooker "15 Million Merits" "I coo over gadgets, take delight in each new miracle app. Like an addict, I check my Twitter timeline the moment I wake up. And often I wonder: is all this really good for me? For us? None of these things have been foisted upon humankind – we've merrily embraced them. But where is it all leading? If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects?

This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. 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 Charlie Brooker – Factfile Born March 1971, from Reading, attended Westminster Uni
British Journalist, most famous for his scathing obervations of English Television
Presents TV shows Screenwipe, Newswipe and Gameswipe
Writes for The Guardian, one of 4 creative directors of 'Zeppotron'
5 part mini-series, 'Dead Set', about an apocalyptic zombie takeover from the perspective of the cast and crew of 'Big Brother'
Best newcomer at the 2009 BAFTAs
Satirical drama trilogy 'Black Mirror' George Orwell - "1984" "1984" reflects the psychological manipulation (propaganda) and physical control ('physical jerks') through technological innovations, portrayed in a futuristic and decadent UK. "1984": General state of exhaustion "15 MM": Obtainment of merits



George Orwell desired to transmit what would happen if a free country like UK became controlled by totalitarism. In 15 Million Merits... Everyone is dressed in a grey tracksuit and has a "doppel", a virtual avatar that people can customise with clothes, for a fee of merits.
Life is lived vicariously through a videogame avatar.
Everyday activities are constantly interrupted by advertisements that cannot be skipped or ignored without financial penalty.
"A satire on entertainment shows and our insatiable thirst for distraction set in a sarcastic version of a future reality." Sounds Familar...? Dystopia A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening.

Appears in many works of fiction, particularly in stories set in a speculative future.

Dystopias are often characterised by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society.

Dystopias are often used as a medium to comment on societies ills and the way we are heading if we're not careful. They are often used to raise real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future.

Examples include: Brave New World, 1984, The Hunger Games, Gattaca, A Clockwork Orange How effective do you think the use of dystopia is in 'Black Mirror' to comment on current issues in society? Cyber Punk
Black Mirror also contains elements of the Cyberpunk genre which is categorised as

' a postmodern science fiction genre noted for its focus on "high tech and low life." The name was originally coined by Bruce Bethke as the title of his short story "Cyberpunk," published in 1983. It features advanced science, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order."

e.g Blade Runner Wider Context This episode was aired immediately after the X Factor final.

It was co-written by Charlie Brooker's wife, Konnie Huq (Kanaq Huq) who was previously a presenter on The Xtra Factor, ITV2's Xfactor talk show.

What stylistic or technical elements conventional to the X Factor can you spot incorporated into this clip? e.g Judging panel Brooker's Inspiration "In 1984, Apple ran a famous advert that implied the Mac might save mankind from a nightmarish Orwellian future. But what would a nightmarish Orwellian future that ran on Apple software actually look like? Probably a bit like 'Black Mirror." Wider Issues Hunger Games? In this episode of Black Mirror, obese people are considered to be second-class citizens, and work either as cleaners around the machines (where they receive verbal abuse) or are humiliated on game shows. Yet it was broadcast on a channel with an almost nightly procession of 'fatsploitation shock-docs' about the scale of the obesity crisis.
With this in mind, do you think that Channel 4 was an appropriate channel to screen the series on and why? And if not, which channel or platform (e.g online) would you have chosen? Bing evades the socio-political situation while exercising to obtain enough merits and escape his current location. Winton evades the socio-political situation while writing his diary (criminal act). This allows him to develop his own ideas external to constant propaganda influence. "1984" was written during the late 1940s and was inspired by SOVIET UNION & NAZI Germany. Telescreens & Hidden Microphones - Totalitarian Government seeks to control every aspect of human life. IDEOLOGY. DISTRACTION FROM A MISLEADING GOVERNANCE Two & Two - nominated for a BAFTA in 2012 Related media: TOTALITARISM COMPARED TO BETHAM'S PANOPTICON
The Panopticon is an arquitectural structure designed for imprisonment, where the inspector can see prisoners at all times without being seen. Within the 21 most surprising banned books! http://www.filmsshort.com/ Opening sequence analysis
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