A Black Mirror story: ‘The National Anthem’ or how we destroy our moral
Screens compromise you. Irreparably.
This is what we argue from the very beginning of Black Mirror’s episode 1. We understand we have to deal with the Internet, and we don’t have a playbook to follow: No instructions to dig out from that tunnel.
One thing is clear when we approach to The National Anthem: There are no rules. We have to improvise to find out a solution.
The plot is known: Princess Savannah has been kidnapped and will get murdered unless Prime Minister accepts to appear on all British networks, terrestrial and satellite, while having a full unsimulated intercourse with a pig.
We are pushed into this paradoxical plot and we can’t believe to what’s happening on the tv screen: As Prime Minister Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear) we are like paralyzed by the monstruos request.
This is how Black Mirror moves on: Showrunner Charlie Brooker hits you with something unimaginable becoming reality. And then he compels you to face with this reality to solve an unexpceted error in your digital lives. This is the fil rouge of Black Mirror’s episodes: Showing your deep relationship with tech and the bugs you usually don’t care of.
In this case the bug is about people’ s disaffection for politics and the unhealthy attraction for the show. An intercourse with a pig is a very gross thing, but population can’t take their eyes off the screen and the imminent show. So technology modifies their perceptions and Prime Minister Callow is no more a person, he becomes like a 2D card.
They are all intent on watch how is going to be the situation that nobody notices Princess Savannah has been released before the time they had agreed with the kidnapper: the Turner-Prize winning artist Carlton Bloom who committs suicide after PM’s public exhibition.
Here it is what The National Anthem demonstrates: How tech robs your moral without you don’t even realize it.