It’s sometimes strange, given Brooker’s well-documented love of video games and other gadgetry, that he has such a peculiarly bleak outlook on technology’s effect on wider society.
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This third instalment envisions a society in which wearable technology has allowed each person’s entire life history to be recorded, and ultimately rewatched and reviewed whenever they feel like it.
What followed was a shocking but ballsy, blackly comic study of the modern media, as newspapers panicked (except The Daily Telegraph, of course, which came out of it rather well), rolling news reacted and public opinion swung from one extreme to the other.
The overall effect was like Chris Morris (the maverick comedian behind Brass Eye and Jam) directing an update of the classic horror series The Twilight Zone, which specialised in strange tales-with-a-twist.The first of Charlie Brooker’s three-part mini-series, Black Mirror (Channel 4, Sunday) was a daring take on the power of social networking. Downing Street tried to stifle the story but the public pounced on it gleefully, gathering round TVs as if this was any other water-cooler event.Subtitled The National Anthem, it saw a pretty princess kidnapped by a terrorist-cum-art prankster. The only person who could save her life was the prime minister. What started as shock tactics became oddly believable and, ultimately, rather tragic.Rory Kinnear was particularly compelling as the PM, going from disbelief to dutiful self-sacrifice as the grim situation unfolded. How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?Europe has been a place of battles and political intrigue for centuries.Even Branson the Downton Abbey chauffeur was a macabre medic. His advisor replied: “This is virgin territory, Prime Minister.