Social Media & The Social Credit System

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Activity Overview

Watch the first 15 minutes of  The Black Mirror: Nosedive
Go over vocabulary and use discussion questions to talk about the episode. 

Discussion Questions

  1. Which social networking sites do you use? Why those? or why don’t you use any?
  2. On which sites and apps do you rate things or give feedback?
  3. How do you decide whether to like, heart, or thumbs up something?
  4. Do you think ‘personal ratings’ are a good idea? Why or why not?
  5. What about as part of the gig economy or service sites like Uber?
  6. What information are you comfortable posting publicly? with sns contacts?
  7. What motivates you to post things online? What do you post?
  8. Does using SNS result in any stress, self-doubt, or insecurities?
  9. Do you have friends that are primarily ‘online friends’?
  10. What have been the most meaningful experiences you’ve had online?
  11. What have been some of the worst experiences you’ve had online?
  12. How much do you notice or care about who and how much people respond to your posts?
  13. How do you feel about interacting with your parents and other family members online?
  14. Is there any difference between the ‘real you’ and ‘social media’ you?
  15. Do you know people whose real lives are very different from the life they show online?
  16. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a system like the one shown in Black Mirror?