Social clique a tier for fear
People obsessed with how others perceive them, presenting a perfectly curated and polished life to the outside world for validation, where a digital ranking means more than anything else. Sound familiar? This particular episode of the hit Black Mirror series is more cautionary tale than far-fetched alternate reality, its star Bryce Dallas Howard (pictured) warns.
Season three of the Netflix anthology begins with her character Lacie enthusiastically going about her life in a world where everyone rates each other.
High scores mean status, power and readier access to life’s necessities, while low scores result in the exact opposite.
“There are some interesting parallels with real life, right?” Howard laughs.
“We all know what’s going on with social media lately. We compare ourselves to each other and it feels like the kindness and love has gone a bit.”
Lacie’s childhood friend Naomi (Alice Eve) is getting married and she must improve her rating to be able to attend the exclusive affair.
But the verdict of strangers can be highly subjective. As things begin to unravel, a growing sense of dread descends over Lacie’s confectionary-sweet existence.
“We’re the first generations experiencing this and we’re going to have to figure it out,” Howard says.
“It’s up to us to examine our priorities and put boundaries in place.
“Hopefully we can before we get to a Black Mirror- style world.”
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At first glance, you’d think there’s a world of difference between a rock concert and a gig by a children’s entertainer.
Ask Jimmy Giggle, the co-host of kids show Giggle & Hoot, who has spent the past month on tour, playing shows throughout Australia, and the answer will surprise you.
“We’ve got a guy on our crew who has worked all over the world for bands like Black Sabbath and he says it’s kind of the same,” Jimmy laughs.
“You load in, put on the show, follow some pretty similar processes, load out and then hit the road again. The difference is, we’re all done and dusted by three o’clock in the afternoon, not three in the morning.”
This New Year’s Eve, as most big kids are preparing to rock on into the night, Giggle and co will keep the little ones entertained, as part of the ABC’s special night of programming.
You were part of the lead-up to the family fireworks last year. How’d it go? It was so much fun and very well received. We went on an adventure to find Humpty Dumpty, who we lost, with the B Team on the case — me and the bananas B1 and B2. We’ve got lots of funny bits planned this year, like asking a bunch of kids about what would make an awesome New Year’s Eve party and our take on the carpool karaoke concept.
“We’ve done a lot of great things with and it just keeps getting better”
Do you think young people get the significance of New Year’s Eve? I think so. And regardless, it’s a fun night. There’s something crazy and magical about fireworks and Sydney puts on such a spectacle.
What are your childhood memories of celebrating on December 31? I have a very distinct memory of spending one year at my grandma’s house. There were heaps of aunts and uncles there, and lot of kids. My dad’s side is quite big with lots of children my age. We all stayed up until