“White Mirror”: 25 People In This Online Group Create Stories For “Black Mirror” That Aren’t Terrifying Or Depressing
In 2011 the first episode of the TV show called “Black Mirror” was released. Soon the series became very popular because of its alarming and frightening plot. Each episode told a different story, but they all were linked by the same theme—a technological advance that has an impact on people’s lives. The series is known for portraying the extremes of using information technology in every aspect of life, leading to destruction.
Having this in mind, Reddit user asked others to pitch their ideas for “White Mirror,” a TV show that would depict “the positive aspects of the human/technology relationship.” Soon people started sharing the plots of possible episodes showing how technology can also make people’s lives better. Which one of these plots do you like best? Do you have your own ideas for “White Mirror”? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below!
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Fed up with apps like Snapchat and Instagram showing you what you're missing out on, a young girl creates an app which shows all the good memories you don't remember.
Mental health problems in the nation diminish significantly as a result.
I read something a little while back about an AI escaping its lab and living on the internet, and subtly manipulating things for the better as it learns about humanity.
I would really like to see that idea expanded on.
A severely depressed teenager is able to live a happy, healthy life due to pharmaceutical research and advances in medical technology.
Even though Black Mirror is built on the dystopian genre mixed with speculative fiction, the plots of the series usually show a world that is not that far away from our everyday lives. Today people also depend a lot on technology, waiting for new updates and releases to make their life easier. The show gives a glimpse into what happens when humans allow these inventions to take over.
A teenager in Vietnam is killed by a landmine and his parents decide to donate his organs. One of the receivers of his organs learns about the donor just before they go to college, years later the receiver has completed the invention of technology that will quickly and effectively locate buried landmines.
A bed-ridden grandmother in the hospital is able to virtually attend her grandkids' birthday parties and play with them every day.
My mother actually had a friend that we barely knew, but we accepted her Facebook friend request out of courtesy, and she absolutely gushes about seeing photos of our kids on Facebook. She sends them presents and cards, she knows what they like, we've even started having Facebook calls with her. She's so warm and giving and gives them 100% of her attention, which is something parents just can't do as often as kids would like. They'll go running around the room holding the phone up to different things saying stuff like "Ruth it snowed! Look!" My wife got nervous yesterday because they took the phone outside to play in the snow and were having so much fun throwing snowballs at the phone -- I told her screw it, if they break the phone doing something like that I'll buy a new one. It's worth it.
She's like part of our family, and it's all because technology initially allowed her to "passively" participate with us. The relationship grew organically over time the way relationships used to before the internet -- you'd see people frequently at work or at the store or in your neighborhood, over time have longer conversations, and ultimately grow to be friends. The same thing happened here: it started with a like or a comment here or there, then a couple messages, then a virtual birthday card... it enables people to remain in communication with so many more people passively when used correctly.
Our kids have never even met her physically, though. Her immune system is too delicate to accept visitors. But even through a 6" screen, it's like she's really here. I can only imagine what it will be like when virtual reality lets them really be together.
Everyone uploads their brain into a system that allows us to experience each other's lives and then puts us back in our bodies. People see that they are all connected and start acting really sweet to each other.
People actually use their phones to look up information during debates. They use it to hold politicians accountable for their illegal, immoral, and unethical actions. You know, instead of looking at the stupid stuff that the Logan brothers are doing.
Each series of Black Mirror shows a different story. The topics that the show covers include relationships, individualism, surveillance, data privacy, virtual reality, and consumerism. It takes real-life problems and focuses on them, portraying the extreme outcomes of people taking technological advances too far. But does this really mean that technology does no good for people and that in the future, we might end up being totally controlled by it?
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the story of a woman who breaks into a warehouse searching for a teddy bear to cheer up her terminally ill little sister. As she is searching, she encounters robot guard dogs that, upon detecting the intruder, embark on helping her find the correct row and shipping pallet on which the box of teddy bears are stored, and then merge to form a Voltron-like mega robodog and ride her back to her sister just in time for them to perform life-saving surgery to remove the little girl’s tumor and then stay with the girl as her loyal and loving robo-pets and everyone lives happily ever after.
A daughter grows up video chatting with their dad who rambles on and barely let's her get and word in edgewise, giving loving advice and accolades and familial anecdotes, but who is absent at every major life event up to marriage and always apologizes.
She is accompanied to the altar by her mother.
Afterwards the chat with dad has him in tears because he regrets more than anything missing walking her down the aisle because he passed away while Mom was pregnant.
Everyone lives simple, placid lives surrounded by their loved ones socializing and making art without concern for tomorrow.
Users of Reddit shared their own thoughts focusing on how technology has had a positive impact on our everyday lives. Being able to talk to people who are close to you and even see them through computers and phone cameras has helped to avoid loneliness. Advances in technology have also increased the quality of our lives. The main thing in this situation is to maintain the balance between life and technology.
A man meets a woman while vacationing in a major city. She lives there, but he doesn’t. He’s leaving for his home on the other side of the country the next morning. They wander the streets of the busy city all night long, chatting constantly about their hopes and dreams. They watch the sunrise wrapped in each other’s arms. When she takes him to the airport the next morning, she’s clearly upset. She’s never met anyone she gets along with so well. He offers to stay in touch with skype and they exchange usernames-but she isn’t too hopeful about the situation. When she gets home from the airport and lets her computer wake from its sleep mode, she notices he’s added her before ever even getting on the plane, only moments after she left him according to the time stamp.
Later that night when he’s settled at home he logs onto skype to see her icon is online. He messages her instantly. Their playful banter and easy conversation flow long into the morning hours. Over time their weekly skype sessions become daily. They begin to show each other their home cities-taking their phones with them to skype anywhere they can. He walks her down a street festival where music and light pour from every stall. His head phones in only he can hear what she has to say to him. She makes an hour long drive to her parents’ house, and he skypes with her on the drive, keeping her entertained with car games and random trivia. She sends him a recipe she found online, and that night they make and eat the same meal on opposite sides of the country. They begin to look forward to seeing each others skype icon alight every single night without fail. They even turn on a tracking app that helps them see how far the other has to go before they are home. They fall asleep while skyping and wake to each others sleeping form.
But distance makes all things hard. Months pass. Both their data bills are through the roof. He begins to feel a lack of connection to her-the real her. She feels like all she knows of him is the face of her phone. As if the device and the person are one in the same. They miss one skype. Then another cause he has to work. Another cause she fell asleep while waiting for him. One day, though they pre-agreed to skype that night, he never even shows. The icon stays unlit and though she tries to keep her mind steady, she feels the cold hard stab of doubt in her chest. Was it something she said? Did? Is he with someone better for him? One that doesn’t pester him every day? She checks the tracking app. Nothing. His isn’t even turned on. Sending another stab of doubt through her. Where could he be that he doesn’t want her to know? Why is he hiding his movements? He never seemed like someone who’d do that. But did she ever really know him? Or just the online him? Another hour passes and though she tries to keep occupied, she can’t stop checking. Still nothing. In her frustration she throws down her phone and the screen shatters. The white light bleeding black from every crack into the screen. Angry, hot tears spring to her eyes as she watches the grey icon flicker away completely.
Her doorbell rings and as she swipes away her frustrated tears she apologizes to the phone. Picking it up off the floor, she wipes away spare shards of screen glass, as if that will turn back the clock. She knows it can’t hear. It’s not a person nor the thing she’s angry about but, it did nothing wrong. With phone in hand she walks to the door where there he stands. A duffle under one arm, too big to be an over night bag. In the other he has his phone out. “Why aren’t you online?” He says “I was gunna surprise you. But my flight was late.” She launches her self at him, into his arms, causing his phone to fall to the ground. No more devices between them.
A small village in Africa, where America's digital waste is sent for processing, is home to a young woman who uses the scrap to build power generators, refrigerators, autoclaves, and ultrasonic cleaners for local medical clinics.
Someone hacks robotic butterflies and uses social media to find random people doing good things having the butterflies swarm them for a short time surrounding them in beauty
A lonely person finds a not horrible group of people with similar interests and eventually meets up with some of them in real life.
Saviour- a man arrives in a drought ridden town and uses a rapid assembly nano kit to provide water for the people free of charge
Samaritan - a interplanetary delivery woman agrees to help a little boy find his mother, discovers it is her long lost sister
Get bent - a genderfluid person suffers their own biology in depression, but is offered the chance for modifications allowing them to morph their body according to their self perception. They recover from their depression as they master the mods.
See like me - A Synesthetic man is enabled to share his sight with his lover, a colour blind man
Across - the story of a software engineer working with a linguistics to repair a live translation device as talks between two hostile powers are underway
A grain of sand - A woman is denied access to university on account of her gender. Proceeds to use the knowledge of the internet to study hard and surpass the valedictorian of her would be graduating class.
10,000 steps - a man uses high speed rail to travel from the tip of south America to London England. It is revealed he did this to be with his family after his young daughter attempted to try the same trip backwards.
Mirror - the victim of an acid attack begins the process of rebuilding their face and getting back to "normal" chooses to willingly leave a scar as a momento to be strong.
Architecture - a woman builds a fantastical series of buildings using force field tech for a homeless youth community.
Someone uses an app to get food delivered to them and they get a little bit more food than they ordered.
The NSA agent tracking someone's communication finds someone suffering and helps them out with money anonymously.
Jazz musician living in New Orleans nearly drowns during Hurricane Katrina. He survives, but he suffers a horrible ear infection from the toxic flood waters, which subsequently causes him to go deaf. Without music, the man falls into a great bout of depression and can hardly cope with life anymore. After nearly a decade of hopelessness and despair, the man drives to a nearby bridge with plans to jump and end it once and for all. On the way to the bridge, he gets a flat tire. A Good Samaritan stops and assists him with changing it. Turns out the Good Samaritan knows sign language, the two talk for a while and the Good Samaritan invites him to the lab he works at where him and a team of engineers are working on designing the first pair of Bone conduction headphones. Using the musician as a test subject, they successfully perfect the headphones, and the musician hears the sweet sound of jazz for the first time in ten years. His depression fades away, and the man becomes happier than he was before the incident.
And if the happy ending doesn’t work, then maybe he gets hit by a bus or something.
Two closeted gay guys find each other on chatroulette and support each other's journey to come out.
Disease and aging are eliminated by science. The Earth becomes a giant nursery. Once people reach a certain level of maturity, they are sent to forge their destiny among the stars.
The episode would be about the person left on Earth the longest, and their journey to to discover why.
There are these two old lesbians that fall in love in an 80s themed virtual reality simulation...
1. An episode where due to the massive automation of the time every individual has the ability to cheaply 3D print anything they can dream of. People create an economy of free flowing ideas and innovations where the production and distribution are no longer an issue leading every common man to live like a billionaire.
2. The advancements in biochemistry allow humans to produce crops that can be grown in every previously non-suitable location solving world hunger immediately. With better nutrition the world begins advancing quickly as more great minds flourish.
3. Advancements in carbon structures create wearable fabrics with the strength of steal. Firearms are no longer reliably lethal, and extreme sports become practically free of terrible injury.
4. Biologists unlock the secrets of hydras allowing the end to aging, people become massively wise and intelligent with their unending life spans, then venturing into the cosmos to learn about the universe.
5. Fusion energy along with powerful batteries and better agricultural practices make all corners of the globe well fed and without need for resources. War is gone and humanity finds no further need for politics or government. Eventually curiosity alone drives a now vibrant planet and people begin to unlock the secrets of existence.
Every copy of WinRAR would be paid for and registered in the White Mirror universe.
A dude who likes running loses his legs gets robot limbs
A cookie being allowed to live in the world via an artificially made body
Someone trying to find fulfillment in a world without a lot of worries over necessity. Eventually they do.
Mother gets her daughter chipped. As a rebellious teen, daughter runs away from home. She has a daughter of her own and struggles with the decision to chip her, finally realizing the motivations of her own mother. She returns home, reconciles with her mother, and they bond over their shared experiences.