Reflected Anxieties and Projected Dystopias: Black Mirror, Domestic Media and Dark Fantasy

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Since it first aired in 2011, Black Mirror has been a preeminent example of contemporary dark fantasy, blurring generic boundaries so that science fiction, horror, thriller or satire meld into one other. Despite this eclectic sense of genre, Black Mirror identifies core anxieties that haunt present-day society-especially the fundamental transformations initiated by digital technology-and extrapolates them to their disturbing conclusions. In this regard, Black Mirror is habitually regarded as “cutting edge” and yet it can also be regarded as belonging to the rich tradition of (frequently cult) “telefantasy”. This chapter explores the repertoire of Black Mirror within the context of dark fantasy and domestic media, using both historical and contemporary examples.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Moral Uncanny in Black Mirror
EditorsMargaret Gibson, Clarissa Carden
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030474959
ISBN (Print)9783030474942, 9783030474973
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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