Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Victoria E. Collins
Recognizing the importance of visual criminology and media studies in contemporary academic criminal justice studies, I attempt to contribute to the field by analyzing three themes found in Channel 4’s Black Mirror in relation to cultural fears of state control and the progression of technology. The themes, including state power and coercion, the spectacle of punishment, and panoptic surveillance, are placed in a popular criminological framework in order to examine the attitudes and beliefs of the culture in which they were produced and for whom they are intended. I conclude that Black Mirror provides a social commentary on the themes of state control, punishment, and surveillance, with respect to the role technology plays in extending the scope of the state’s power.
Copyright 2017 Carl Russell Huber
Huber, Carl Russell, "A Dark Reflection of Society: Analyzing Cultural Representations of State Control in Black Mirror" (2017). Online Theses and Dissertations. 454.