Black Mirror is a television program made to think with and, even to the casual viewer, it feels as though the stories plumb unseen depths at the intersection of human nature and the cutting edge of technology. Coming to grips with the deep currents of the show is difficult for the solo viewer, but Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory provides a set of maps for exploring this media text. Reading the collection is a bit like watching the show with a group of fans who share an interest in the structure of human culture. And like the show itself, each chapter stands well on its own but together they support a strong collection of thematic analyses that pull on the threads of ideas that run through each of the seasons of Black Mirror. Whether read by an interested fan or in the context of a course, there is something for every reader within this collection.
Nowhere in contemporary popular culture is the near future more scary or visceral or than Charlie Brooker's dystopian series Black Mirror, and nowhere has that vision been more widely scrutinised than the wide-ranging and razor-sharp chapters in Cirucci and Vacker's collection. From the excesses of social media consumption to the panopticon of pervasive surveillance, Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory combines offers a range of theoretical lenses to understand and frame the immanent and pressing questions that Black Mirror so disturbingly raises.