The Dystopia of the Spectator: Past Revival as « Pause Gesture » and Acceleration of Time in Black Mirror (Episodes 3 and 4)

Our thesis is that within the TV show’s Season 1 Episode 3 and Season 2 Episode 1 memory’s technical mediation occurs through a mere reliving (and not only replaying) of a past, that happens to be predominant in the present life. In “The Entire History of You”, through the practical uses of technology, characters can check in a stock of digitalized memories (audiovisual format) whenever they want. They can also show the images to their interlocutors, edit them, and erase the archives they desire. In “Be Right Back” due to the death of her lover (and father of her future daughter), the main character chooses to re animate the lost partner; first, by using a technology that combines several interactions that the couple had online, which is stored in the cloud, and second, by activating a “mannequin” that is the exact replica of the deceased. In each case, algorithms of the decease’s behavior give credibility to his reproduction and reliving process. This communication through algorithms displays Virilio’s idea of tele-inter-activity, meaning that the experience is mediated by transferences and digital transports, in which velocity is the criteria of truth. Therefore, Black Mirror neutralizes the future, where it is understood as present progression, between an immediate temporality regime and a reliving of the omnipresent past.