Mini Mission 1: Analysis and reflection
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For mini-mission 1C, I have chosen to talk about: Black Mirror Season 3 Episode 1: “Nosedive”

*Spoilers*

This is an episode that shows how people are constantly being judged on what they say or do by other people. It shows how Lacie Pound, along with almost everyone else in society, has a social media rating. Upon interactions with others, they get rated and each rating affects the person’s overall score. Things start going downhill for Lacie and she starts to get disliked by her ‘friends’. The very ending of the episode shows her going to jail and, with another prisoner, they begin swearing and shouting at each other. They begin to grow happier as they are finally relieved of the social pressures and are free to say what they want.

This is relevant to today’s society as it demonstrates how people are so socially conscious nowadays and feel judged by each action that they do. It also shows how much of our lives is centered around social media and how frequently our actions are updated on many platforms. This episode also shows how our lives are restricted so much by it and how it affects our happiness. For example, some of our actions will be dependent on social platforms, spending extra time to pose and take photos to show off what we are doing. We constantly check how many likes we have gained for each status or picture we post. I think that, personally, we regard likes that we give out more highly than ones we receive, however, we feel incredibly judged upon the number of likes our own content gets, however we rarely judge people by how many likes their content gets. This shows that our accounts make us more self conscious and may be a hindrance to our lives by stressing us out over things that other people do not even judge us by.

I think that, as a society we do need to relax about how popular our posts are, since social media is more aimed to be a way of socialising, rather than showing off our lives. This episode was really eye opening, especially because it portrayed people with no care about social media statuses as outcast citizens, but at the end, it showed them as happier. In our society, I think that it is not as extreme as depicted, however the gap may be growing, since it is getting more and more common to be on social networks and slightly more inconvenient to not have them. This episode has made me think more about how little the likes on pictures make a difference to our lives. After watching it, I decided to attempt to make a step back from social media and reduce the frequency that I check all the platforms.

The episode can be seen here on Netflix.

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