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Watch the Black Mirror episode Nosedive (season 3 episode 1) on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/watch/80104627?trackId=13752289.  Don’t have Neflix? Use this backup copy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sDARvS3VWyT3UKuWKr2KTf3HMiyf1tkk/view?usp=sharing.  Black Mirror examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. Episodes are standalone, usually set in an alternative present or the near future, often with a dark and satirical tone, although some are more experimental and lighter.  This is an anthology series – the episodes are not related to each other in any way so if you haven’t seen the show before you won’t be lost.

Reflect on these questions:

What is the main theme of this episode?
What are the value of Lacie’s interactions?
Has technology impacted people’s behavior to this same extent?
How is cyberbullying represented and dealt with in this episode?
Part 2

After watching the episode look for primary source material on China’s social credit system. Compare what you find on the social credit system to the world presented in Nosedive.  How similar are they? How long do you think it will take for us to reach Lacie’s reality? Could you deal with the psychological impacts of this kind of society?

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