Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Black Mirror 3: The Waldo Moment

Good timing. The day after this aired we learn that a party headed by a comedian has won 54 seats in the Italian parliament. Meanwhile, back here in Britain, Labour is running a comedian in the Eastleigh by-election; he's not doing very well but that's because he's not a very good comedian. Put him on a panel and he talks like any other party hack. If he came on like Waldo- all insults and dick jokes- we might see some action.

The last of the current series of Black Mirror starts off as a condemnation of politics as usual, then swings round 90 degrees. Waldo the blue bear may be a load of laffs but you wouldn't want him running things. Nihilism doesn't build roads.  Politics as usual may be utterly contemptible but it's all that stands between us and something much, much worse.
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