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  • Writer's pictureLiz Busby

Ep 21 - Black Mirror: Hated in the Nation #deathtosocialmedia

Normally hashtags are not lethal, but you can always expect the worst of technology in the dystopian world of Black Mirror. This episode is a crossover with Radical Civility, a podcast run by our friend Ben Pacini, all about having difficult conversations with civility and respect. We use the Black Mirror episode "Hated in the Nation" as a jumping-off point to discuss the ways in which social media encourages bad behavior and how we can resist the pull of cruelty and the "epistemology of hell" that drives the attention economy.

Our Ratings: Content: Terrestrial Artistic Merit: 5 popcorn balls Gospel Connections: 3 apricots

Best Books:

Liz - Star Mother by Charlie N Holmberg

Carl - I, Robot by Isaac Asimov; AI: Artificial Intelligence Ben - Intelligence Squared podcast; In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan & Caren Zucker; In a Different Key (PBS film)


Radical Civility podcast

Radical Civility on Youtube

Deseret News: Is the production of true crime media immoral?

Freakonomics: Why Is U.S. Media So Negative?

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

TED Talk about Justine Sacco

Black Mirror: Nosedive (S3E1)

The Orville episode "Majority Rule" features a similar storyline (lots of content warnings on this one) BYU Education Week Devotional 2014 - Elder David A. Bednar Watching SpongeBob Squarepants Makes Preschoolers Slower Thinkers, Study Finds

Against Democracy by Justin Brennan

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman

Defend Young Minds

BYUtv's Family Rules

The Social Dilemma (Netflix)

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World Kindle Edition by Cal Newport

Before Breakfast: In Praise of Effortful Fun


Find Us:

Ben - Twitter: @benjaminpacini; Radical Civility; Public Square

Carl - @CarlCranney

Liz -

Video editing by Liz Busby; Audio mastering by Carl Cranney

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