This episode is kind of a murder mystery story.
The first three victims are Jo Powers, Tusk and Clara Meades who all did something ridiculous and suffered from Internet-bullying. Thousands of people insult them in the Internet. The reason why they died is that they are the target of the day refer to Game of Consequence. Game of Consequence is that if you hate someone, just post his or her photo and name with the hashtag #Death To and the most popular target will be killed by 5 p.m. each day. After the first three victims’ death, the murderer’s target is all the people who have taken part in the Game of Consequence.
In reality, the killing tools are ADIs (Autonomous Drone Insect) but I think the real tool is people’s careless with their words towards others. This means that all the words people say on the internet with #Death To are the killing tools. People don’t need to pay for their malicious words so they just attack anyone they don’t agree with using the most horrible words. As we can see from Liza Bahar’s attitude and words: I was just using my freedom of speech. It was funny, okay? It’s not real. It’s a joke thing. I didn’t do anything. According to her thought, the hashtag game is just funny. She didn’t realized that her speech was part of the causes to Jo Power’s death. She is like almost everyone who use Internet and takes Internet-bullying for granted. She insults people hated in the nation and regards it as a kind of justice. But when she hashtags someone to death, she is actually doing something evil.
What is the Game of Consequence? It’s that you need to pay for what you did. The consequence of Internet bully is death. It’s the ground full of corpse bags, to be exact, 387,306 corpse bags. In other TV series or movies, the principle will be something like no punishment if everybody does it, but when I see the scene in Black Mirror, I was really shocked.
The director doesn’t present things from the first person perspective, but from a third person perspective, for example, behind the people or through the fences, as if we are one of the peepers who stay behind the computer, seeing all those things going. We are not feeling the action of the main roles from the first person perspective. The director uses empathy to bring us into Internet bully. When Tusk insults the 9-year old child, we want to condemn him; when the male police delivered #Death To Garrett Scholes (the murderer), we think that what the male police does is just what we want. However, that means we are part of the people who bully on the Internet. We are also becoming murderers inadvertently.
There is a saying goes that when the bees extinct, we human beings will extinct too. So they make ADI for further survival. In fact, the ADI is a monitor of the government to the citizens. It’s similar with the murderer or Blue, the government do this because they think it helps keep citizens safe from their perspective. But on the other hand, isn’t it a kind of Invasion of privacy? The government can find the personal information of any citizens if they want. I think that’s why the director use ADI as the killing tool. I don’t know whether we will extinct when bees gone, but what makes us worse is the human nature. When they just shut down the entire system, they don’t care whether human beings will extinct, they just care about the life of the chancellor.
It seems that only high-tech ADIs help murderer achieves his goal, but I find that when Blue chasing for the murderer, it’s in a quiet rural area may be without ADIs and smart phones, which indicates that high-tech things shouldn’t be responsible for the behaviour. No matter where and when, you can always find someone doing things because of his own justice. Technology is not something that harms human beings, what harms us is the human nature.
The murderer’s killed all the people who have taken part in the Game of Consequence according to his own justice. At the end of the episode, the message from Blue to Karin says Got Him, what Blue does is the same as the murderer, they all do what they think as justice. You may think what Blue does is justice because she wants to bring the murderer to justice. But what the murderer does is to punish those who leads to the first three victims’ death, it’s another kind of justice. But do they have the right to kill someone they think is evil?
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