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China's 'Social Credit System' Sounds Pretty Dystopian, but Are We Far Behind?

• https://fee.org, by Jon Miltimore

In its third season, the British science fiction TV series Black Mirror featured an episode called "Nosedive."

The episode, which was co-written by The Office actress Rashida Jones and starred Bryce Howard, depicted a society of smiling people who walked around with holographic bubbles that contained their "rating." These ratings were based on how people were scored by others. A positive interaction with someone was likely to earn a good score. Upload a picture people don't like, and one could find his rating downgraded. 

As far as television goes, "Nosedive" was an insightful bit of art, cleverly panning the fishbowl nature of social media and the timeless human obsession with status. It struck a chord with both viewers and critics, earning an 8.3 rating on IMDB as well as Emmy, BAFTA, and SAG award nominations.

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