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Podcast Profile: BLACK MIRROR REFLECTIONS

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22 episodes
2020 to 2021
Median: 54 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Thinking through the technology, philosophy, morality, and politics of Black Mirror


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Technology and philosophy • Morality and politics • Surveillance and personhood • Social media and AI • Relationships and digital afterlives • Dehumanization and justice • Memory and identity • Celebrity and performance

"Black Mirror Reflections" delves into the complex interrelationship between technology, philosophy, morality, and politics, as presented in the "Black Mirror" television series. Each episode of this podcast invites a distinguished guest—ranging from philosophers and professors to authors and filmmakers—to engage in deep, thought-provoking discussions on various "Black Mirror" episodes. Topics such as religion, techniques of self-improvement, and the ethical implications of constant screen engagement are explored. The podcast does not shy away from the darker dimensions of technology, including themes of surveillance, virtual moral agents, and the quandaries of digital afterlives.

Several episodes focus on societal and psychological issues like celebrity culture, dating algorithms, the perils of eugenics, and the concept of personal guilt and responsibility in an era dominated by technology. The notion of punishment and justice is another recurring motif, often discussed in the context of both realistic and speculative scenarios that "Black Mirror" famously brings to the screen.

The podcast also delves deeply into the moral and ethical quandaries of social media, exploring concepts such as cancel culture, social credit systems, and the pervasive influence of ranking systems. It critically examines emerging technologies, how they impact human relationships and society, and whether mankind can coexist with increasingly intelligent machines without compromising ethical standards.

Collective themes of dehumanization and the control exerted by advanced technologies over individual lives are frequently highlighted, alongside the important roles of memory, objectivity, and digital consciousness. "Black Mirror Reflections" aims to foster a nuanced understanding of these technologically mediated futures, urging listeners to engage more critically with media and technology's role in shaping modern life.


Episodes:
Episode Image "Smithereens" (with special guest, James Buchanan "Bru" Wallace)
2021-Mar-05
55 minutes
Episode Image "Hang the DJ" (with special guest, John Torrey)
2021-Feb-28
49 minutes
Episode Image "Bandersnatch" (with special guest, Eric Steinhart)
2021-Feb-19
50 minutes
Episode Image "Metalhead" (with special guest, Roman V. Yampolskiy)
2021-Feb-12
48 minutes
Episode Image "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too" (with special guest, Karen Tongson)
2021-Feb-05
53 minutes
Episode Image "White Bear" (with special guest, Charles W. Mills)
2021-Jan-29
73 minutes
Episode Image "Arkangel" (with special guest, Shannon M. Mussett)
2021-Jan-22
52 minutes
Episode Image "Hated in the Nation" (with special guest, Ammon Allred)
2021-Jan-15
66 minutes
Episode Image "Men Against Fire" (with special guest, Charles W. McKinney, Jr.)
2021-Jan-15
54 minutes
Episode Image "Be Right Back" (with special guest, Samir Chopra)
2021-Jan-08
56 minutes
Episode Image "Black Museum" (with special guest, Zandria F. Robinson)
2020-Dec-31
66 minutes
Episode Image "USS Callister" (with special guest, David Gunkel)
2020-Dec-24
56 minutes
Episode Image "Nosedive" (with special guest, John Danaher)
2020-Dec-18
53 minutes
Episode Image "Shut Up and Dance" (with special guest, Rick Lee)
2020-Dec-11
58 minutes
Episode Image "The Waldo Moment" (with special guest, Jason Read)
2020-Dec-09
58 minutes
Episode Image "Playtest" (with special guest, C. Thi Nguyen)
2020-Dec-04
62 minutes
Episode Image "The Entire History of You" (with special guest, John Cerrito)
2020-Dec-04
48 minutes
Episode Image "San Junipero" (with special guest, Michael Norton)
2020-Nov-27
55 minutes
Episode Image "Striking Vipers" (with special guest, Adriel M. Trott)
2020-Nov-27
42 minutes
Episode Image "The National Anthem" (with special guest, Ammon Allred)
2020-Nov-26
53 minutes
Episode Image 'White Christmas" (with special guest, Chris Gilliard)
2020-Nov-24
64 minutes
Episode Image "15 Million Merits" (with special guest, Shannon Mussett)
2020-Nov-22
45 minutes