Mr. Robot and the demonology of capitalism

The protagonist of Mr. Robot, a brilliant but profoundly disaffected hacker, conjures the titular character from his own psyche so he can transform the world. He finds that not only is a pact with a demon insufficient for remaking society, but that the ability to bring about intentional, lasting change is beyond even the highest powers.

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Black Mirror and Netflix’s hedonic treadmill

Black Mirror seems to point out the potential dangers of nascent technologies, which promise to improve our lives while robbing us of some fundamental aspect of humanity. But, as yet another thumbnail on Netflix’s infinite carousel of time-wasting distraction, does on-demand ‘content’ have the power to wake us from our technological stupor?

TL;DR: I wish I could stop watching television.

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