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Black Mirror and the Culture of Surveillance

While words such as “surveillance state” and “surveillance society” have served well in describing how surveillance is done to individuals and groups, David Lyon suggests that contemporary surveillance is better understood in terms of “surveillance culture,” in which “user-generated content engenders the data by which daily doings are monitored” and “watching has become a way of life”. What is it about the anthology serial narrative that enables the speculative fiction of Black Mirror to capture the workings of surveillance culture so uniquely? In this talk Øyvind Vågnes provides a few possible answers, with reference to several of the episodes of the TV hit.


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Øyvind Vågnes
University of Bergen, Norway