So­cial clique a tier for fear

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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.”


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

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