Today, we will be doing a TED talk on the
episode, Nosedive, from the show, Black Mirror.
In the episode, Nosedive,
Lacie is an aspiring young woman
looking to improve her social ranking status
in order to enjoy more privileges.
Her encounters with lower level co-workers
and attempts to get in high graces of her
so-called best friend, Nay-Nay,
results in a low burning nosedive
into social pariah status
as she so desperately tries to travel to a wedding
to transform her own reputation.
This is a story that follows Lacie as she goes from hero to zero.
So, with that said, the
question we are asking is
Does technology evolve
or adapt our behavior over time?
Because the tools of technology take big concepts
and makes them visible and
measurable in a ranking system,
we argue that the digital world
and potential future in the episode, Nosedive,
mainly heighten social interactions by measuring
social stakes, not changing them.
Hello, my name is David Escoto
and I will be talking about Fundamental Attribution Bias.
Fundamental Attribution Bias is the overestimation
of personal dispositional factors in others' actions.
It is easier and simpler to assume
that someone's bad behavior
is a sign that they are a bad person
rather than trying to figure out
what may have happened during their day
to cause them to act in such a way.
At the beginning of Lacie's nosedive,
the way that the people behind her
as well as the airport staff respond to her behavior
is an example of people falling into this bias.
While the audience knows that Lacie isn't
the type of person to yell at airport staff,
the people behind her in line assume
that this is just how she is
because it's easier that way.
This couples with the Belief in a Just World
where people assume
that good things happen to good people
and bad things happen to bad people.
This is shown both in the airport scene as well as at the end when everyone cheers for Lacie's arrest.
To them, if Lacie wasn't "that kind of person,"
she wouldn't be denied entry onto the flight
or getting arrested.
Hi, my name is
and I'll be talking about Discrimination and Ostracism.
Discrimination is defined as a behavior directed
against others due to group membership
while Ostracism is defined as being
excluded, rejected, or ignored by others.
So, technically, you don't have to be a part of a group in order to be ostracized.
An example of ostracism would be at the beginning of the show
when one of Lacie's co-workers broke up with his boyfriend and everyone stopped talking him.
Then, if you did speak to him, you'd be
While an example of discrimination would be when Lacie was hitchhiking
and the man didn't want to help her
due to her low-rating.
So the difference between these two is
when the co-worker was ostracized, it was
due to his personal actions,
not his group involvement
like Lacie was with her low rating.
My name is Abigail Sweatt and I will be discussing
the constructs Aggression and Catharsis.
Aggression is defined as the intent to harm someone
that is attempting to avoid harm
and is usually caused by the offender's frustration
at an uncontrollable situation or societal rules.
One specific example of direct versus indirect aggression in the show
is during the climax when Lacie arrives at the wedding
pulling out a knife and saying overtly threatful things to her supposed childhood best friend, Nay-Nay
(You probably got another me.)
(I guess there's some other BFF you moved onto like a succubus.)
(I'm getting to Mr. Rags, okay! Jesus!)
(Stay the [censored] back!)
(I'll kill him!)
(I'll cut his head off and stick it up my-)
Though she is engaging in clearly direct aggression with the weapon,
the audience responds
with indirect aggression as if she isn't even there
by ranking her with stars of
one, two, and even zero,
forever destroying her status online.
Thus, this is likely
why current social media ranking systems
thrive off of aggressive energy and
sleights towards others
who hold lower positions on the scale to them
to find catharsis in an unsupportive, hostile world.
Akin to bullying, the only real difference
between Lacie and the others in the episode
is that, by the end, she's holding a knife with threats
and they're holding phones, with the power to destroy.
My name is Victoria Wood
and I will be discussing Self-Monitoring and Self-Regulation Fatigue.
Self-Monitoring is when someone regulates
their behavior to meet the demands of social situations.
When you self monitor,
this causes Self-Regulation Fatigue.
Over time, you mentally become tired from
controlling your thoughts and behavior
in order to seem as socially
normal as possible.
An example of Self-Monitoring would be how everyone in Nosedive behaves.
They try to get as many good reviews as they can.
These higher review ratings
The higher your ratings, the wealthier you seem to be.
Lacie tries her hardest to receive high ratings
to buy a new socially acceptable house,
but, in doing so, she loses some ratings
due to becoming tired from
constantly monitoring her self actions
and, towards the end of the episode, she
gives up on behaving normal
and starts to say what she wants
to say and do what she wants to do
even if that means lowering her ratings so
much that she ends up going to prison.
Hi, my name is Jinyuan Xu
and my topic is
When we talk about conformity,
it means compliance with standards, rules, or laws
and it can be divided into two types:
private conformity and public conformity.
In general, people try to conform to the standards of other people and society
to avoid negative feedback such as discrimination, being excluded and rejected.
Like Lacie does everything to be like other people, but fails at the end.
But, in this world, no matter how disgusted we feel,
we still need to put on our own masks in order to get accepted by other people.
But, have we
ever asked ourselves
if this is the life we really want and who we truly are?
Though using a hypothetical example with this episode,
the application of these social
constructs display the idea that
technology has not altered or
revolutionized our way of social interactions.
However, it has
amplified the intensity of them.
Essentially, social media systems foster
the natural social behavior
that we have wired into us.
Thus, we show that our digital world adapts with our social instincts and does not evolve with them.