Week Thirteen: This isn’t so Amusing.

Tuesday, November 21st

  • Black Mirror. “Fifteen Million Merits” (Season 1. Episode 2)
  • Questions:
  • 1. As with the prior Black Mirror episode, this one imagines a future that is on the one hand not so removed form our own, and on the other pretty unimaginable. What aspects of this future do you feel the creators of the show were making most similar to our own in order to critique our culture? What aspects of the episode do you think were the most unrealistic.
  • 2. Think back to the Postman from last week, re: amusing ourselves to death, particularly about how mediums shape epistemology, what would Postman have to say about the message of the Black Mirror episode.
  • Note: Reading notes are not due until Monday at 11:59PM this week since I was so late posting this.

Tuesday, November 23rd

  • No Class: Thanksgiving