The whole premise behind Black Mirror is to focus on how social media and technology affects how we as human beings act and react. In the finale of season three, we saw how one person went viral because of something bad that they did, and how death threats occurred to them shortly after. Death threats are not new to people in the public eye, but when one person acts on them, it becomes a new phenomenon that eventually takes the country, and the world, by storm. This new “kill list” was created to show how people will join the bandwagon on something viral, even if it can cause harm to another person. People have a tendency to hide behind a screen and say things that can hurt someone with no regard to the other person. When one person comes and takes the most hated person and kills them, it soon becomes a rising phenomenon in which the race begins to find out who is the most hated person in the country and how to stop their death.
The brilliant part about the episode was not the fact that the most hated people were killed, but the people who encouraged the killings and threatened these people had to face the consequences of their actions as well. It really demonstrated how someone can hide behind a screen all they want, but there are ultimately consequences to everyone’s actions, especially if they are hurtful to other people. Hiding behind a screen no longer caused a sense of hiding and freedom, as these people were solely responsible for their own deaths.
The use of robotic bees was also pretty clever. Many people have a fear of bees and are afraid of the bees attacking and harming them in some way. Taking place in a future where bees had gone extinct and robot bees were used instead to emulate the pollination process, but not interact or harm humans, made the situation ironic. The fact that a fear of bees had probably decreased and they were the cause of death is a great display of irony. People once had feared these creatures, but when they were gone and replaced, their replacements were not programmed to harm them, but, in fact, did the opposite of what they were expected to do. It really makes one think how robots can go rogue and that the real thing may not be so bad, as technology can easily be hacked and malfunction to cause harm to others.
Ultimately, the entire episode reminded me of the movie Untraceable. The plot was essentially the same, where the public encouraged harm to another person. In Untraceable, a website was used to track the amount of people who logged in and were viewing the stream to decide the fate of the person who was facing death, and the speed in which they died. Both Untraceable and the Black Mirror season three finale comment on how people wish harm on others and how there are consequences to the comments they make. People died, both by public demand and by being involved in the negativity that takes place online.
It really says something about our society when we are more concerned with raising our voices to cause harm and not spread good, as we as a human race have become interested in the destruction of others rather than helping them. The final episode of Black Mirror season three really demonstrated this. People take to social media to complain and speak out against something they don’t like, but sometimes take it too far and harm others verbally while doing so. By showing audiences there are consequences to their actions and that they can no longer hide behind a screen is brilliant and something that hits close to home and reality, even if the futuristic circumstance is not.