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Facebook’s name change to ‘Meta’ draws comparisons to ‘Black Mirror’ online

By Kara Santos Published Oct 29, 2021 1:30 pm

Dystopian science fiction series Black Mirror is trending online following the announcement that Facebook changed the name of its parent company to "Meta" on Friday (Oct. 29).

Facebook recently held a Connect event, where the company presented its vision of metaverse to the public, where it aims to unite augmented reality (AR) and virtual (VR) technologies in the physical environment.

According to Meta's Twitter account, the metaverse is "the next evolution of social connection" where everyone around the world will be able to "socialize, learn, collaborate and play in ways that go beyond what’s possible today."

Sound familiar?

As netizens are pointing out, the whole concept sounds like we’ve just endered the latest dark episode of Black Mirror.

Individual episodes of Black Mirror, created and written by Charlie Brooker, are known for blending technology with The Twilight Zone concepts, often showing near-future dystopias or dark alternative presents and how technology affects social issues.

Black Mirror’s metaverse is often portrayed as a fully immersive online realm that looks similar to the real world but is computer generated.

Facebook’s "Meta" has also drawn comparisons to other works of science fiction, such as the Matrix films, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One based on the novel by Ernest Cline, and video game application Second Life, among others.

In case you haven't watched it yet, all five seasons of Black Mirror are currently streaming on Netflix.