You Know You Are Awful

And “Black Mirror’s” Streaming Service Plans to Let the World Know It Too

Devette Lindsay
4 min readJun 21, 2023


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It’s no secret that your devices are all interconnected and constantly listening to you. It’s quite possible that they’re even recording and sharing every single thought you utter. And honestly, you don’t have the time, interest, or energy to go through those lengthy terms and conditions agreements. You simply click “I accept” without a second thought and enjoy whatever app you’ve just downloaded. It is safe to say, you don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. But maybe you should.

A Warning of What’s to Come

Have you seen the recently added season of “Black Mirror,” on Netflix? In the first episode of season six, we’re introduced to Joan, just your average mid-level tech manager who’s feeling adrift as she carries out her mundane work routine. At the end of a long day, Joan and her “bland boyfriend” (her words), flop down on the couch, looking for something to watch on this streaming service called Streamberry. tv-whose interface looks bizarrely similar to Netflix-a streaming service that you use.

As they scroll through the options, rejecting one show after another, they come across something called “Joan is Awful,” starring the talented Selma Hayek. Joan and her boyfriend are surprised to see Hayek sporting the same hairstyle as Joan. After some bickering, the boyfriend pushes her to watch the show. Joan goes into shock as she sees Selma Hayak reenact every horrible decision Joan made that day. All at once, Joan and the rest of the world can see how awful Joan can be, all day, any time on Streamberry. tv.

How Could This Happen?

Like you, Joan never read a site’s terms and conditions before accepting them. She ‘unintentionally” granted Streamberry full access and rights to her life, her likeness, and all information captured on each of her devices, from now, until the end of eternity.

As her lawyer explained:

“Well, you know when you got your phone face down on the table, and you’re in the kitchen and you’re talking to your friend about, I don’t know, shoe deodorizers, and then you go on your



Devette Lindsay

I'm a writer, an avid reader, and a fan of magic found within the mundane. I publish articles on speculative fiction, literature and creativity.