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The Context of White Supremacy examines the British television series, Black Mirror. University of Texas professor of English Dr. Martin Kevorkian returns to the broadcast to help dissect this series. Dr. Kevorkian’s book, Color Monitors: The Black Face of Technology in America, may prove especially helpful in processing Black Mirror. The main theme of Color Monitors is that many of the fictional narratives where Whites articulate a fear of machines, robots or some non-human entity represent authentic White anxieties about losing domination over non-white people. Charlie Brooker created Black Mirror to examine “the dark side of our love affair with technology.” Frequently compared to The Twilight Zone – which also addressed Racism, Black Mirror reflects a future where mind-boggling technology is used for the most malicious purposes. The series debuted in 2011 with an episode showing how social media is used to blackmale a White politician into raping a pig. The series sometimes provides the staple racist depictions of black characters: black males obsessed with White Women, crude black rappers, and black criminals and convicts. However, the series also incorporates the notion of black people using technology to undermine White Power. “Nosedive,” the first episode of season three, depicts the obliteration of a White Woman’s life as a variety of black strangers maul her social media ranking.
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