The Digital Dystopias of Black Mirror and Electric Dreams

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About the Book

This critical examination of two dystopian television series—Black Mirror and Electric Dreams—focuses on pop culture depictions of technology and its impact on human existence. Representations of a wide range of modern and futuristic technologies are explored, from early portrayals of artificial intelligence (Rossum’s Universal Robots, 1921) to digital consciousness transference as envisioned in Black Mirror’s “San Junipero.” These representations reflect societal anxieties about unfettered technological development and how a world infused with invasive artificial intelligence might redefine life and death, power and control. The impact of social media platforms is considered in the contexts of modern-day communication and political manipulation.

About the Author(s)

Steven Keslowitz is senior director and counsel of intellectual property and technology at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. He is the author of four previous books as well as several law review articles exploring the intersection of law, media and popular culture. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Steven Keslowitz

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7868-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3759-4
Imprint: McFarland