The technology is never the culprit in our stories. The technology is just allowing people to do terrible things to themselves or others. And it’s not always that way; sometimes we present a hopeful version of it. I don’t think this show is saying technology is bad. I don’t think technology is bad. It’s not a swinging statement; it’s campfire tales. What the show points out is the possibility of an unforeseen consequence of technology. So if you take social media, for instance, that’s an amazing invention. It’s a huge, huge deal, and you’d have to be crazy to think we should just shut it down and get rid of it because it’s a huge advance in communication. However, at the moment, what we’re grappling with there is how can you be authentic on it? The system rewards you for playing it like a video game, essentially; the more entertaining you are, the more you are rewarded with retweets and likes. It leads you to become slightly less authentic. And then there’s also things like anger and polarization and rage and Twitter shaming; that’s another aspect. That doesn’t mean we should get rid of social media anymore than we should get rid of the printing press because somebody used it to print a racist pamphlet. Let’s not blame the invention; let’s look at how we’re using it.
Black Mirror is too real.
I really, really want a show centering on DCI Kelly McDonald, Skeptical Detective.
Two utterly amazing, out-there, bat-shit genius performances. A level of skill, of pure comedic virtuosity that takes my breath away.
Ben… Why didn’t you tell me?
There are many theories as to the woman’s identity, most notably that she was Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of former Vice President Aaron Burr, who was mysteriously lost at sea in 1813.
We try to look for the little stories between the cracks of the big ones people think they know. The truth of the tech industry is it’s a lot more of a group effort than people think. The people who come up with the big ideas aren’t always the ones who get to market first or are rewarded for them. We wanted to tell the stories of people who are thinking the right things at the wrong time, or the ones who got there but were missing one critical piece, or the people who outright stole something and took that across the goal line. And I think that is the story of creating things. To have the right idea is not enough. There’s an execution, there’s filling a personal need that all of these people have to keep buying back into the table — that unfortunately as writers and artists, we can relate to. Happy people don’t feel compelled to keep buying back in and keep trying again in that kind of way. So this is the story of people who have these needs within themselves to be part of this future and to create things. And we love to tell it, because we think those people are heroes in their own way.
This is a great, great show, and I can’t wait for more people to discover it over the next few years.
I have done the research!
How (I imagine) Hillary Clinton became a fan of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Hillary Rodham Clinton knew that she was sometimes compared to fictional female nerds. Hermione Granger (the books were a bit too young for Chelsea, but she’d read them anyway), Leslie Knope (her staffers had shown her a few episodes of that show), Tracy Flick (she’d met Reese Witherspoon shortly after it came out).
In fact, she was rather tickled by it.
But the young woman in the animated gif that her intern (Laura, 23, liked Jane Austen novels) had attached to the email wasn’t Emma Watson or Amy Poehler. In fact, she looked far more ordinary – a redhead sitting in a bedroom, looking into the camera, waving a stack of papers and apparently saying “I have done the research”.
Hillary chuckled appreciatively, “If there’s one thing you can say about me, I have indeed done the research.” But perhaps this was a real person, and maybe her research should be turned into policy.
She angled her screen towards her chief assistant (Melanie, 36, grew up in Kansas, just had a baby). “Do you know who’s in this picture?“
Melanie wasn’t sure.
"Make a note to find out what her research is about."
"Yep,” Melanie scribbled on a notepad, like she’d done 19 times already that day.
Hillary returned to her inbox, and that was that. For now.
Oh my. This is amazing.
And yeah, the modern day equivalent to a young girl running off to Gretna Green didn’t come easily when we were writing it. 🙂