Event Title

Textual Analysis of Black Mirror

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Mary Beth Ray

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

Abstract

The following report is a textual analysis of the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror. The research team has pulled sample texts from the third season of Black Mirror. The purpose of this research study is to identify and analyze the thematic cultural messages related to social and digital media embedded in the content. To insure maximum validity of the study, the research team has employed various legitimacy tests, such as investigator triangulation, to guarantee the strength of the results. This report connects Black Mirrors cultural subtext to articles from previous research on America’s current relationship with digital technology, as well as to numerous studies related to human interaction with social networking sites. Upon a close reading and thorough research, the research team determined the presence of three main cultural messages in the six episode season: Always On (Boyd 2012), Disembodied Identity & Self-Presentation (Baym 2015), and Privacy as a Luxury (Papacharissi 2010). *This research report contains spoilers. Reader discretion is advised.

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Textual Analysis of Black Mirror

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

The following report is a textual analysis of the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror. The research team has pulled sample texts from the third season of Black Mirror. The purpose of this research study is to identify and analyze the thematic cultural messages related to social and digital media embedded in the content. To insure maximum validity of the study, the research team has employed various legitimacy tests, such as investigator triangulation, to guarantee the strength of the results. This report connects Black Mirrors cultural subtext to articles from previous research on America’s current relationship with digital technology, as well as to numerous studies related to human interaction with social networking sites. Upon a close reading and thorough research, the research team determined the presence of three main cultural messages in the six episode season: Always On (Boyd 2012), Disembodied Identity & Self-Presentation (Baym 2015), and Privacy as a Luxury (Papacharissi 2010). *This research report contains spoilers. Reader discretion is advised.