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The Netflix effect: Black Mirror goes to Hollywood

The programme is best when it aims to shake, not shock

By Lucinda Smyth  

A scene from "Nosedive"—the first episode of Black Mirror's third season ©Netflix

This piece contains some minor spoilers

When Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror first aired on Channel 4 in 2011, it was astonishing. There was nothing else like it on television. Engaging with contemporary concerns surrounding internet privacy and social media, it not only presented an eerily prescient view of the near-future, but crucially it did so from the perspective of the ordinary and everyday. It explored dystopian possibilities at a…

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