Black Mirror: Fifteen Million Merits

Black Mirror (TV series) Season 1, Episode 2
In a bleak, automated future Britain Bing is one of millions who pedal exercise bikes to create energy as a living. Their currency is merits, tokens with which to buy food from vending machines and which can be increased or decreased according to which shows one watches on giant television screens. A popular choice is ‘Botherguts’, which humiliates over-weight citizens. But Bing uses his merits as entrance money to get sweet-voiced fellow worker Abi onto the TV talent contest ‘Hot Shot’. Unfortunately,despite her talent, she is but one of a glut of singers and ends up on the porn channel ‘Wraith Babes’.An enraged Bing saves up another lot of merits and gets onto ‘Hot Shot’ to denounce its falseness. But will he be seen as a new Messiah or a voice crying in the wind and forced to sell out?

Digital money
Digitizing love
Digitizing life
Digitizing existence
Digital Sex
Dehumanization
False Reality
Unreality
Huge Screens
Raucous ribald entertainment
Crass commercialism to the 9th degree
Morosely unnatural
Faux everything.

Is our Future headed in this same direction as this film?

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