In Nosedive from the Netflix series Black Mirror, everyone in society has become obsessed with their social status because everyone is rated on their social media posts and the interactions they have with other individuals.
The show follows Lacie who is doing everything in her power to improve her 5-star rating in order to be able to live in an exclusive apartment complex. The apartment complex, like many other things in society, requires a certain rating to gain access. People use their phones and special contact lenses to share moments in their lives and to rate their interactions with other individuals. Everything in Lacie’s life is being documented and judged by the individuals she interacts with, including complete strangers.
In the end, Lacie ends up going crazy as her rating plummets. She gets arrested after she crashes a wedding and her rating drops below 1 star. While in jail her and another man who has been arrested, begin to scream and curse at each other. This is the first time in the episode when Lacie can act on her own accord and truly say what she is feeling without fear of judgement.
This episode’s theme shows the lack of agency of individuals, especially Lacie. Lacie is unable to say exactly what she is feeling and has to produce content that is not true to herself in order to please her circle on social media. Before Lacie’s breakdown, she often comes across as extremely fake and obsessive about her rating. This is an extremely unhealthy way to live her life.
I had never seen an episode of Black Mirror so this was a completely new experience for me. I had always thought that Black Mirror episodes were quite creepy and almost horror-like, but this episode challenged my expectations. Although the topic of the episode was enlightening I was not too alarmed by the topic they discussed. This theme of obsession with social media is something that is all too common in today’s society. I myself find that some days I have a hard time putting down my phone.