Black Mirror and Philosophy

Aristotelian Tragedy in Black Mirror

Aristotelian Tragedy in Black Mirror Matt Hummel Black Mirror’s delightfully macabre blend of sci-fi horror stories is fascinating for myriad reasons, one of which has to be the fact it’s comprised of just that:  stories. Unlike more traditional series, each Black Mirror episode must introduce characters, construct a setting and plot, and create and eventually…

The Good Place and Philosophy 

The Good Place and Philosophy  The Good Place, the Bad Place, and Other People George A. Dunn   In 2016, NBC premiered The Good Place, surely one of the most unique half-hour sitcoms of all time. It’s unique not only due to its principle protagonists all being dead (except for one who’s an anthropomorphized vessel…

The Rhetoric of War in The 100

The Rhetoric of War in The 100 Edwardo Pérez “War is here,” sputters a barely alive Octavia to Clarke toward the beginning of Season Four’s fifth episode “The Tinder Box.” Unfazed (just another day on the ground), Clarke begins ordering people around like the seasoned general she’s become – focused, slightly emotionally detached, and always…

Guardians of the Galaxy and Philosophy

Guardians of the Galaxy and Philosophy “We are Groot! Jeffery L. Nicholas   Guardians of the Galaxy! What a film. Packed with action, story, special effects, humor, and a walking, talking tree. Much press release and on-line babble treated GotG as another super-hero movie, but I think the movie makes clear that, it’s, not a…