In a year that’s felt like a slow-burning trash pile, Black Mirror has shown up right on time. The Charlie Brooker series fittingly migrated from Channel 4 to Netflix’s digital TV service, where it gained an American following. Its third season, which premiered on Friday—Netflix company bought the rights for a reported $40 million—continues the show’s principal fascinations: man, machine, and the questions of who controls what.It’s a nifty premise. Horror has, for decades now, been the genre most well-suited to tell us about ourselves. Nothing gets to the heart of human behaviour more than vulnerability, fear, irrational paranoia. Across cultures, broad readings of horror tropes feel like anthropology. But what does Black Mirror tell us about us now?
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