'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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100 Things Kylie Jenner Could've Named Her Baby That Would Be Better Than Stormi

At least it's better than North West...

Stormi? Really? There are so many better names out there. All due respect to Kylie, of course, but honestly, Stormi seems like the last name she could have picked. Celebrities are so into making their kids name unique and different, that they actually turn to weather as ideas now... Here are 100 other names that Kylie could have picked that would have been so much better than Stormi.

1. Thunderi

2. Raini

3. Fettucini

4. Slinki

5. Cloudi

6. Fanci

7. Fuzzi

8. Jacuzzi

9. Smoki

10. Glossi

11. Sneezi

12. Dopi

13. Bashful

14. Grumpi

15. Doc

16. Happi

17. Chubbi

18. Dingi

19. Clumsi

20. Cheesi (middle name: Bread)

21. Crispi

22. Curli

23. Strawberri

24. Blueberri

25. Sexi

26. Kinki

27. Elderli

28. Germani

29. Greasi

30. Foggi

31. Meati

32. Creami

33. Booti

34. Martini

35. Houdini

36. Bikini

37. Lamborghini

38. Weeni

39. Deadli

40. Crazi

41. Grassi

42. Ghostli

43. Earthi

44. Hungri

44. Hangri

45. Nerdi

46. Nifti

47. Mushi

48. Nasti

49. Tipsi

50. Whiski

51. Friski

52. Rusti

53. Lazi

54. Sticki

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56. Squeeki

57. Snow

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60. Loopi

61. Juici

62. Gucci

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76. Candi

77. Roxi

78. Photographi

79. Foxi

80. Penni

81. Moni

82. Lotteri

83. Groceri (Middle name: Store)

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86. Mercuri

87. Batteri

88. Victori

89. Graviti

90. Dori

91. Bouji

92. Bougi

93. Smoothi

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5 Marvel Movies Worth Watching Again And Again

Highly recommended by an avid superhero lover.

So, you saw Black Panther this weekend and now you’re hype for more Marvel movies. Or you weren’t able to get tickets to see Black Panther this weekend and you need something to fill the void.

Maybe you’re missing seeing heroes with cool powers. Or perhaps you haven’t seen a single superhero movie and you’re looking for somewhere to start.

Whether you’re one of these people or not, I have put together a list of five Marvel movies that are worth watching again and again. Admittedly, I’ve had to leave some off, so if one of your favorites isn’t on here, don’t fret!

1. 'Iron Man'

This is the movie that began the entire franchise. Going back to 2008, this film is definitely a great way to break into superhero movies. On top of that, it has Robert Downey Jr. as an arrogant Tony Stark, who somehow manages to also capture the hearts of viewers. Be on the lookout for sharp wit and killer fight scenes.

2. 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

This movie has all the elements I love: a kick-butt villain, an emotional story, and a formidable fighting duo. Coming in as the second Captain America movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier displays where Steve Rogers (Captain America) is at after the events of The Avengers. It also gives us Captain America and Black Widow (Natasha) teaming up to take on someone from Steve’s past. The best part? The formidable fighting duo of Steve and Natasha becomes a formidable friendship as well.

3. 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Want clever humor and non-typical heroes? Then this is the movie for you! Featuring Chris Pratt as a know-it-all, unprepared leader, Guardians of the Galaxy will keep you laughing and constantly rooting for this group of unlikely heroes. It also doesn’t feel like your typical superhero movie, so if you don’t like other superhero movies, this is one to check out!

4. 'The Avengers'

This movie combines all of our favorite superheroes into one big, action-packed extravaganza. It gives little to no background on characters who already have their own origin story movies, but as long as you’re roughly familiar with those characters, you’ll be just fine. Featuring everything from outer space villains to the appearance of the Hulk, this movie is a treat for all superhero lovers. It’s the embodiment of Captain America’s famous line, “Avengers Assemble!”

5. 'Doctor Strange'

This movie brings in the mystical element to Marvel’s already expansive cinematic universe. While not the same as the other fighting superheroes, Doctor Strange, the character and the movie, still has the fighting and superpowered elements. Plus, he learns how to travel to other places (and dimensions) and uses an infinity stone! The end fight scene is also definitely worth watching.

As I said before, all of these movies are certainly worth watching over and over again! With options for all fans, hopefully you’ll pick up one of these movies the next time you’re looking for something to watch, even if you've already watched them all.

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