'Black Mirror' Brings Us A Reminder About Online Culture

'Black Mirror' Brings Us A Reminder About Online Culture

What we need to learn from the third season's final episode, "Hated in the Nation."
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In "Hated in the Nation," the final episode of the third season of "Black Mirror" lies an important, if unnecessary, blatant and unsubtle message. The final episode of the show details the investigation of a detective in relation to the mysterious and odd death of a journalist, whose husband claims that she slit her own throat with a broken piece of glass. But before delving into the details, a little bit of background: In this futuristic world, bees have become extinct and to compensate for this the government has allowed the creation of artificially intelligent bees, robot bees, which function essentially the same way in terms of pollination. Now back to the story, inside the woman’s head, following an autopsy, one of these bees is found. Essentially the bee had lodged itself into the pain center of the woman’s brain and caused such excruciating pain that she killed herself.

Barely a day later another person dies the same way; a bee burrows itself inside a man's head. Although he is sedated before he can cause himself harm, when the doctors perform a CT scan to figure out what’s wrong with him, the machine, acting as a giant magnet, rips the bee out of his head, killing him. The common thread? They both did something offensive; the journalist wrote an offensive article on a disabled rights activist and the man, a famous singer, insulted a young fan of his, inciting a strong response from the online mob. It is quickly discovered that the bees have essentially been hacked, and they are being directed through a hashtag. It is a game of consequences which states that if you post #DeathTo followed by the name of the person and their photo, by the end of the day the individual mentioned the most will be killed.

It is also discovered that the man behind all of this was involved initially in the creation of these bees. His coworker and roommate had been the subject of the online mob's rage after posting a seemingly offensive photo online, due to this she had attempted to commit suicide, and he was the one that found her and saved her life. As it turns out, in the end, the real targets were never the people that had done said perceivably offensive things online; but rather all those that used the hashtag on another person, 37,000 people, all of whom used the hashtag were eventually themselves attacked by the bees and killed. The tortured metaphor is not a subtle one, the one story, out of thousands, that it brought to mind was that of Justine Sacco, the woman that tweeted the juvenile and stupid joke: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDs. Just kidding. I’m white!” Little was she aware of what followed as she was on her flight:

“Sacco’s Twitter feed had become a horror show. 'In light of @Justine-Sacco disgusting racist tweet, I’m donating to @care today' and 'How did @JustineSacco get a PR job?! Her level of racist ignorance belongs on Fox News. #AIDS can affect anyone!' and 'I’m an IAC employee and I don’t want @JustineSacco doing any communications on our behalf ever again. Ever.' And then one from her employer, IAC, the corporate owner of The Daily Beast, OKCupid and Vimeo: 'This is an outrageous, offensive comment. Employee in question currently unreachable on an intl flight.' The anger soon turned to excitement: 'All I want for Christmas is to see @JustineSacco’s face when her plane lands and she checks her inbox/voicemail' and 'Oh man, @JustineSacco is going to have the most painful phone-turning-on moment ever when her plane lands' and 'We are about to watch this @JustineSacco bitch get fired. In REAL time. Before she even KNOWS she’s getting fired.'"

"Black Mirror" took this growing trend of Internet social warriorism to its extreme, but the point still remains. Justine was just one of the hundreds or thousands of others who made the fatal mistake of posting something stupid, ignorant, or offensive in the intent of humor, and having that one mistake essentially end their life. It accentuates this mob mentality that often comes about on the Internet, a trend that very much needs to change.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.
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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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I'm 22 And I Still Don't Have My Driver's License, But It Doesn't Bother Me

Although sometimes it's inconvenient not to have one, it's not a major concern to me.

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When you turn 16, the one thing you can't wait to do is get your license so you can finally have your first taste of freedom and no longer need your parents to drive you around anywhere.

When I was 16, I had no intentions of getting my license because I had no interest in driving.

I'm 22 now and I still don't have my license. Although sometimes it's inconvenient not to have one, it's not a major concern to me.

Before you ask yourself why I still don't have it, you should know that me not having my license is not entirely a personal decision.

It's part me not trusting myself and part having a disability.

I have cerebral palsy, and if you don't know what that is, it's a disorder of the cerebellum that affects things such as balance, coordination, muscle movements and reaction times.

Having a fast reaction time and strong leg muscles are something that you need in order to drive a car. You've always got to watch for that one crazy driver who blows through the red light and constantly press down on the pedal, because how else would the car move?

Don't get me wrong. I do have my permit. I got it shortly after my eighteenth birthday and taking the test four, yes, four, times. I've been behind the wheel a few times on residential streets in my town, so I know the basics of driving a car, but it's hard for me.

I use my left foot to control both the gas and the break because the cerebral palsy is in the right half of my body. This is unfortunate for me because you need your right foot to drive. I'm not sure how I learned, but I found that using my left foot is a lot easier for me.

But, I learned pretty quickly that you can't do that when taking the actual driving test.

I haven't been behind the wheel of a car in quite a while because, truthfully, I've been busy. When I'm not at work, I'm at school, when I'm not at school, I'm at work.

I'm at school sometimes more than 12 hours a day because of homework and my internship and I work on the weekends at the same place my dad works at, so we ride together.

My mom drops me off at school in the morning before she goes to work and picks me up in the evening and my friends drive to all the concerts we attend.

I don't make that much at work, and my internship is paid but I don't get a lot from there, and I have student loans, a credit card and medical bills and my credit isn't that great yet, so I don't really have any money to buy a car.

Why have a license if I don't have the funds to purchase a car at the moment?

Sure, if I absolutely need a ride somewhere and my parents aren't home, it's a little difficult finding one if all my friends are busy, but that's about the only trouble it gives me.

I'm pretty much a homebody and I only have a few close friends that I enjoy hanging out with, and during the school year, I'm hardly ever home during the day anyway.

It gets a little annoying when my friends, family, co-workers and sometimes professors ask me when I'm going to get my license, but I try to explain it in the nicest way possible.

Without using my disability as the primary excuse, I let them know that I'm just not ready to drive nor do I have any way to purchase a car.

Maybe in the future, when I'm out of school and I have my finances under control, I will work on getting a car AND THEN my license.

I am aware and fully understand that the day will come when my parents won't be here to give me a ride anymore, but everyone else needs to understand that driving is a personal decision and not everyone is ready to do so at the age of 16.

And that's perfectly okay.

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