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Dystopian sci-fi thrillers are clearly a thing with an­droid-pop­u­lated theme parks ( West­world) and neu­rotic cy­ber hack­ers ( Mr Ro­bot) all mak­ing an ap­pear­ance. But Char­lie Brooker’s Black Mir­ror is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent. With stand-alone episodes in­stead of re­cur­ring plot­lines or char­ac­ters, each hour-long in­stal­ment pro­vides a jar­ring and twisted take on the hu­man re­la­tion­ship with sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. From the toxic and all-too fa­mil­iar so­cial media habits in ‘Nose­dive’, to the vig­i­lante black­mail­ing and trolling in ‘Shut Up and Dance’, Black Mir­ror re­flects an ex­ag­ger­ated truth that res­onates deeply in our tech-ob­sessed so­ci­ety.

On a sim­i­larly de­press­ing note, 13 Rea­sons Why de­serves a men­tion for not only being New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar dig­i­tal show last month ac­cord­ing to Par­rot An­a­lyt­ics, but stir­ring up a much-needed de­bate on the topic of teen sui­cide. It seems lo­cal au­di­ences got swept up in the hype sur­round­ing the con­tro­ver­sial teen drama, tuning into all 13 episodes to find out what drove pro­tag­o­nist Hannah Baker to kill her­self.

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