Mirror of the dark future

Black Mirror season 5 stars Pom Klementieff and Ludi Lin as video-game avatars.
Black Mirror season 5 stars Pom Klementieff and Ludi Lin as video-game avatars.PHOTO: NETFLIX

Black Mirror is often lauded for its prescience in seeing the sinister implications of technology

When the subject of China's social credit system comes up in the news, Western observers like to point out how it is a nightmare scenario foretold in Nosedive, a much-discussed episode in the Netflix satirical anthology series Black Mirror.

In the story, which is set in the near future, a person's worth is based on points he receives, based on how well he interacted with others. A woman played by Bryce Dallas Howard finds her life unravelling after her ratings plummet. She becomes a pariah, shunned by businesses and friends alike.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2019, with the headline 'Mirror of the dark future'. Print Edition | Subscribe