'Black Mirror': The 'Twilight Zone' of the Facebook Age

'Black Mirror': The 'Twilight Zone' of the Facebook Age

Do you really want to know the entire history of you?

Anyone who has seen an episode of The Twilight Zone can get an idea of what Black Mirror is like, even if they hadn't seen a single episode of the show. Each episode is its own separate story and each has a further-reaching moral applicable to society. While The Twilight Zone featured a number of intriguing plots about 1960s-esque topics such as space travel and the "nuclear family", Black Mirror focuses similarly on aspects of today's society. Every episodes hits just close enough to home that we get just slightly creeped out. A favorite topic of the show has been the effect of social media on our daily lives. My favorite episode of all by far is titled "The Entire History of You."

This episode centers around a "grain" that is implanted in the brain and can record every single task and interaction you have during your daily lives. It allows for instant playback with a single thought. This playback is called "re-doing" and almost everyone in the country is doing it. The episode was quick to push away that fears that had already formed in viewers' mind after reading the description of the plot by showing off why the device would actually be useful and actually improve the lives of those who use it--playing back a job interview, for example. Just when the reader starts to let their guard down a little, the couple around which this episode centers is pulled into conflict about whether or not one of the was unfaithful to the other. I won't spoil the ending, but suffice it to say the ability to re-live every moment of your life has many more negative effects than positive. It breeds paranoia and drives distrust, even of those they care about the most.

While humans may not be implanted with recorder-chips in our brain at the moment, there is not much difference between the kind of recording done by the "grain" and the kind that we do by posting our everyday lives to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Any interactions we have on the Internet leave a virtual paper trail that allows anyone with a connection to review your political views or see videos from the party you went to when you told someone else you planned to just go to bed early. The most obvious ramification is that other people will feel annoyed or left-out when they see these things, bowing to the pressure of society to record your own life can also have an impact on your own mental health.

How many times have you gotten a throwback notification from Facebook of a status post from middle school and cringed so hard at your old self? Or scrolled far back through Instagram and wondered why you ever posted that filter-ridden photo? This, our own kind of "re-doing", makes us over-think the people we choose to be. However, the good thing that comes from us looking back through social media is that we get to see focus more on the good moments and not over-analyze the bad. This is the reason why "The Entire History of You" is so meaningful in our age. It draws upon an issue that is prevalent in society and blows it up in order to make us realize we shouldn't dwell in the past. Instead, we should keep looking to the future and moving forward.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

"...Have conversation, turn off the cable..."


It's Holiday season,

Time to be freezin'.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it,

Don't stop now, you can't quit.

Numerous trips to grocery stores,

Pure mayhem when you walk through those doors.

Shelves bare,

You're ready to pull out your hair.

Long check-out lines,

Or delayed airlines.

Prepare and cook the turkey low and slow,

Wait for that golden brown skin to glow.

Place the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table,

Have conversation, turn off the cable.

Before you know it, Christmas is here,

The classic songs are music to our ears.

Yet we all dread the trips to the mall,

To find the perfect gifts, big or small.

The Christmas Tree Lighting floods TV stations,

With singers from all generations,

The scent of candy canes fill the air,

We wish the day runs smoothly, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lots of wrappers and bows cover the floor,

As we obsess over our presents more and more.

New Year's creeps up on us,

Throwing a party is always a plus.

Streamers, noisemakers, food,

Who knew planning the perfect party was of this magnitude.

The line at the liquor store gets longer and longer,

Because of the stress in picking a champagne or sparkling cider.

Deciding to prepare finger foods or a five-course meal,

Why not get take-out? DEAL!

Clock counts down from ten.

As the clock strikes one, we've made it to another year, AMEN!

Glasses clinking,

People drinking,

"Happy New Year,"

We cheer.

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