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The planned obsolescence of 'nosedive'

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posted on 01.01.2019, 00:00 authored by Sean RedmondSean Redmond
The Black Mirror episode, Nosedive, addresses a number of social concerns that have arisen over the ubiquitous use of the social media alongside a recognition of the growth of audit culture and the way new forms of classificatory systems are emerging because of it.

The episode draws attention to aspects of the quantified self, big data discourse, the simulacra involved in modern identity construction, the processes of self-presentation and impression management that goes into making and possessing the self, and the bio-political forms of surveillance that are countenanced in and through these new forms of augmentation.

Nosedive also shows how the white gendered body is particularly caught up in this regime of docility and passivity.

Finally, the episode offers us a way of resisting and rejecting these "status cultures" – a message sketched out in the final scene’s language play, and the let loose forces of Lacie’s unruly or wayward body.

In this chapter, I explore the key themes found in the episode, concluding with a discussion of the idea of planned obsolescence, the message which I will suggest Nosedive is operating from.

Key words: Audit culture; digital surveillance: planned obsolescence:tquantified self: whiteness

History

Title of book

Through the black mirror deconstructing the side effects of the digital age

Chapter number

9

Pagination

111 - 123

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Berlin, Germany

ISBN-13

9783030194581

ISBN-10

3030194582

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

21

Editor/Contributor(s)

Terence McSweeney, S Joy