Through the Black Mirror

Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age

Editors: McSweeney, Terence, Joy, Stuart (Eds.)

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  • Offers an in-depth analysis of every episode of the first four seasons of Black Mirror
  • Provides a rich social, historical and political context while still offering an in-depth analysis of each episode
  • Interrogates some of the emerging critical debates of the era
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This edited collection charts the first four seasons of Black Mirror and beyond, providing a rich social, historical and political context for the show. Across the diverse tapestry of its episodes, Black Mirror has both dramatized and deconstructed the shifting cultural and technological coordinates of the era like no other. With each of the nineteen chapters focussing on a single episode of the series, this book provides an in-depth analysis into how the show interrogates our contemporary desires and anxieties, while simultaneously encouraging audiences to contemplate the moral issues raised by each episode. What if we could record and replay our most intimate memories? How far should we go to protect our children? Would we choose to live forever? What does it mean to be human? These are just some of the questions posed by Black Mirror, and in turn, by this volume. Written by some of the foremost scholars in the field of contemporary film and television studies, Through the Black Mirror explores how Black Mirror has become a cultural barometer of the new millennial decades and questions what its embedded anxieties might tell us. 

About the authors

Terence McSweeney is Senior Lecturer at Solent University, UK. He is the author of The 'War on Terror' and American Film: 9/11 Frames Per Second (2014), Avengers Assemble! Critical Perspectives on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2018) and editor of "In the Shadow of 9/11": American Cinema in the 'War on Terror' Era (2016).
Stuart Joy is Senior Lecturer at Solent University, UK, where he teaches Film and Television. He is the co-editor of, and contributor to The Cinema of Christopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible (2015).

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • Introduction: Read that Back to Yourself and Ask If You Live in a Sane Society

    Pages 1-15

    McSweeney, Terence (et al.)

  • “The National Anthem”, Terrorism and Digital Media

    Pages 19-31

    Pheasant-Kelly, Fran

  • “Fifteen Million Merits”: Gamification, Spectacle, and Neoliberal Aspiration

    Pages 33-42

    Johnson, Mark R.

  • Enhanced Memory: “The Entire History of You”

    Pages 43-54

    Jenkins, Henry

  • Making Room for Our Personal Posthuman Prisons: Black Mirror’s “Be Right Back”

    Pages 57-67

    Schopp, Andrew

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-19458-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Softcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Through the Black Mirror
Book Subtitle
Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age
Editors
  • Terence McSweeney
  • Stuart Joy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19458-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19458-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19457-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-19460-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 297
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