In a future entirely controlled by how people evaluate others on social media, a girl is trying to keep her "score" high while preparing for her oldest childhood friend's wedding.

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Truck Driver
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Ryan
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Paul
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Bets
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Hansen
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Man in Jail
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Lacie lives in a world where people's status is governed by their rating on social media. She is a 4.2 and needs to be a 4.5 to be able to afford to rent an apartment at the plush Pelican Cove compound. Thus she calls upon well-regarded old college friend Naomie for approval and gets invited to Naomie's forthcoming wedding. Unfortunately on the journey there events conspire to make Lacie's rating even lower but, inspired by a frank talking trucker, Susan, who lost points for speaking her mind, Lacie crashes the wedding from which she is now barred for her low status and blasts off against Naomie, her pretentious circle of friends and the system. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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21 October 2016 (USA)  »

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The TV show 'Sea of Tranquility' is first mentioned in the season 1 episode National Anthem. See more »

Goofs

When Naomi calls Lacie to tell her not to come to her wedding, there is a close-up shot at 47:32 that is flipped. This is revealed by Alice Eve's heterochromia. Her left blue eye and right green eye are flipped in this shot. See more »

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Ryan: There's sugary and then there's fucking diabetes!
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References Black Mirror: The National Anthem (2011) See more »

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9/10, watch to learn why we did stuff like support Castro
26 November 2016 | by (Kensington MD, United States) – See all my reviews

A big pet peeve of mine is most people's arrogance. This is exemplified by the group think they subject themselves to, wherein most of the public is semi-secretly wrong because they arrogantly use as a reliability reference indicator (for what is right and wrong) the public perception. Thus, so long as most people say X is good, X really becomes good to them. This is a form a confirmation bias, but on a more massive scale. I usually cite homosexuality laws here but another simple example closer to today's news about Castro is the 2002 Iraq war. Back then, 96.4% of Republicans voted to go to war. Now, most scholars say this was a really dumb idea that led to the rise of ISIS. We just voted in a Republican president, so since they are representatives of us, essentially we the masses apparently wanted to go to war with Iraq.

So America has approved a lot of things that in hindsight were pretty dumb. Why? To understand, and this leads me to my main point, watch this excellent episode by Netflix of Black Mirror 1:3 called Nosedive.

The set up: in a near future, everyone has a public rating on social media, sort of like your FICO score except public merged with yelp. Anyway the protagonist is trying to get ranked higher on social media, so everyone does whatever is deemed popular by the 4.5-5's, the top of the food chain who disseminate whatever are the fashions of the time, including political propaganda, to the masses, who are forced to pretend to like it in order to maintain their social media score.

This is little different from Facebook today. In the last election most people caught supporting Trump on Facebook were thrown under the bus as racists. This is perhaps part of the reason we seem to have had a secret vote that the pre-election polls didn't predict; voters kept secret their real vote even to pollsters. They feared being caught to be a Trump supporter.

In this episode, the scoring system is weighted such that if a 2 up votes you it doesn't matter much. If a 4.5 up votes you then that will boost you much more. Thus, the main character, Lacie, is excited about going to an event with a bunch of >=4.5 rated people.

On Facebook, if a popular person comments negatively on what you wrote that is bad for you. Rarely, others might remove their likes in fear they will be caught liking it. That is just like the down votes in the movie.

I gave an example already about how this leads to group think, with people who were supporting Trump being bullied. Another example of this on Facebook occurred in my own feed. I had a post about elite counties. The very popular Rick Silver liked a critical comment by Ralph Peck. http://tinyurl.com/jdxq292 In the movie, that is like a 4.5 rating someone a 1.0, since there is no down voting allowed in Facebook, since Facebook is basically enforcing the meme of this movie which is that criticism is bad, even though it is really good. Again, the truth does not matter when it comes to these things, since people will be afraid of the social cost of going against a >=4.5. So, even though I posted data supporting my theory which contradicts them, nobody said, "Hey Jason is right." They simply can't afford to do that. Yes, there is a chance I'm wrong, but I think usually this is what's going on with non-politically correct posts from me and others. I'm guilty too; I rescue people once in a while, but usually not as it burns karma and lowers your "score" on social media.

Let me give you another example from the episode at 5 minutes in. The main character bites into a cookie very carefully to avoid getting lipstick on the cookie. She spits the cookie out. She places the cookie next to some mocha-ish drink. She takes a picture and posts "Brushed sueude w/ cookie. Heaven!" Then she takes a sip but makes a face because it tastes horrible.

So, the coffee drink sort of got rated higher than it should have been. What's the big deal? Well, consider, what if it wasn't a drink but a politician? Or a proposed war? What if everyone is rating stuff high that really sucks just for the purposes of social ranking? Wow, that could be a messed up society. That's why you need to watch this, to see why America does so many dumb things.

So, please watch this show and notice everything wrong with this world, and how the real problem is that this system leads to group think and arrogance in which everyone is wrong but the 1-2s (the outcasts, the losers, and, yup ......... the ugly).

By the way, despite my loving this episode, it has a few flaws. My main objection about this satire is that it subconsciously pimps the idea that sleeping with Greg was that a bad of a thing. I don't have space here to get into this, but, obviously, someone cheated and broke a promise (in this case Lacie's ex-boyfriend Greg!!!!!, but why isn't he blamed, why is only Bethany, the hot chick getting married, blamed!!!), but in the big scheme of things I don't see any other harm, especially if the "victim" didn't know with any clarity, aside from making that promise in the first place. While cheating is both bad and wrong, the movie is subliminally driving home this already-popular meme that monogamy is super glorious and anything else is super evil and all without really going there, which is how it gets away with it.

How ironic that the movie successfully pimps this meme to popularize it while making fun of very group think it employs.

Direct URL to watch it now:

https://www.netflix.com/watch/80104627 .


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