Category Archives: Television

Social Anxiety in Black Mirror: White Christmas

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Black Mirror is one of my favorite shows on television. It’s like a modern version of The Twilight Zone, an anthology series exploring the ramifications of technology on life in the present and near-future. “White Christmas,” the seventh overall episode of Black Mirror, touches on some ways in which technology might help people with social anxiety in the future. Continue reading

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Stranger Things and Trick or Zombie Treat

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Like just about everyone else on the internet, I LOVED the new Netflix series, Stranger Things. It reminded me of some of my favorite movies from the 1980s like The Goonies, Stand By Me, E.T., AlienClose Encounters of The Third Kind, and more. The show was also heavily influenced by the books of Stephen King. Beyond that, there was another, more recent book that Stranger Things reminded me of: my own. Continue reading

Social Anxiety on TV: Mr. Robot

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Mr. Robot is about a twenty-something year-old hacker named Elliot (Rami Malek) who works for a cybersecurity company. He suffers from social anxiety and depression, feeling so lonely at times that he hacks other people in order to feel closer to them. He is recruited by Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) to form “fsociety”, a hacker group planning to take down mega corporation “Evil Corp”. As we learn more about Elliot and Mr. Robot, we discover that his psychological problems may stem much deeper than social anxiety. Continue reading

Podcasts Taught Me Everything I Know

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I love podcasts. I’ve learned more from free podcasts than I did from a $200,000 college education. There’s a podcast for literally every topic under the sun. Actually, there’s about twelve for every topic under the sun. A podcast can be broad or extremely specific. It’s basically radio on-demand. You listen to exactly what you want, exactly when you want to. And it’s completely free–except for the Audible and Stamps.com commercials that sponsor just about every podcast, though you can skip over them, anyway. While there are some podcasts I listen to for pure entertainment value, I listen to many more podcasts to learn. Continue reading

2014 in Review: Television

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With 2014 winding down, it’s about that time that every blog on the internet is required to do best of the year lists. Why fight it? People love lists. There are still way too many movies I need to see before doing a top ten films list, so I’ll start with television. I obviously haven’t seen every TV show that aired this past year, but I have seen quite a few— probably too many. This isn’t so much a list of the “best” TV shows of the 2014, as my “favorite” TV shows that I’ve watched this year. And if you haven’t seen any of the following shows yet, don’t worry, there are no spoilers. Continue reading