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i like watching black mirror. it’s like reading a barometer.

black mirror struggles to articulate a structural critique of modernity and so instead is left with “what if” scenarios that have generally already happened, that happen in isolated fragments of modernity.

it strikes me that climate change is not a constant companion of these stories. episodes rarely deal with the climate at all; it’s a separate “what if” entirely.

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it sometimes feels like black mirror is trying to “say what everyone is already thinking” but the trouble then is that i’m exhausted of thinking it already. “phones bad” “capitalism bad” “computer bad” yawn yawn yawn

i want stories and art that not only confront that intersection of late capitalism and ecodoom, but that take the structural critique as pretense to explore how to do right by each other amid the bleakness, as individuals and communities.

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@garbados then go watch twin peaks, punk

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@garbados i didn't know i felt this way too until i read this toot. Nice inception :flan_thumbs:

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@garbados wasn't there an episode of black mirror that said "gay good"? i mean obviously i'm already thinking that, but i always appreciate it being said

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@00dani “gay internet? internet, gay!” — san junipero

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@garbados Whereas what Black Mirror’s doing, I think, is just giving people a safe space to explore their anxieties for a while and put them away when they’re done. Which is valuable, but by definition isn’t going to change the world.

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You should look at https://dark-mountain.net/about/ if you have not already. I read "The Wake" by Kingsnorth just over a year ago, I still have a feeling it is looking over my shoulder, but I am not sure why.

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@garbados Black Mirror hits too close to home, I already can imagine plenty of those bleak futures.

I’d rather see some ways to avoid them.

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@szbalint i think that’s the thing: there’s no avoiding it, not anymore. either you dwell on the bleakness itself or you dive into how to cope and survive. black mirror wants to dwell — this is why i call it a barometer, because it’s reporting on present anxieties without analyzing or deconstructing them.

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@garbados 2 suggestions: (1) Mushroom at the end of the world (worldcat.org/oclc/1023149025) (2) The Hundreds (worldcat.org/oclc/1031947137)

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