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What is Bandersnatch, really?

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(contains spoilers) It should come as no surprise that two innovators – Netflix and the Black Mirror team – have combined to produce something so special that we might look back on Bandersnatch as a key moment in the emerging genre of ‘interactive movie‘. The idea of handing the audience/viewer control over how the story plays out has been around for decades. Usually, this takes the shape of giving viewers a choice of a few…

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Maleficent, Mirror Mirror, and Moral Relativism

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There I was, happily going about my day – on my way from work, driving the kids somewhere, or sitting down to read the weekend paper – and there she was. It’s as if Disney has taken up a full frontal assault on my senses, bombarding me with Angelina Jolie wherever I go. The billboards, promotional pieces, and media profiles are everywhere I look. That freaky headpiece and the huge black wings are being embossed in my…

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