Imagine that you wake up one day and you’re stuck in a Black Mirror episode where every little aspect of your life is decided upon by a new type social media giant that makes Orwell’s *Big Brother* look like child’s play.
In some parts of China, that’s already the shocking reality. Almost every outlandish little thing that was predicted in that Nosedive episode is now implemented in an eeringly verbatim fashion.
If you have a low social score, you would be restricted from renting decent quality homes and your neighborhood choices would be affected as well.
The access to car rental options will be limited if not forbidden, and forget about applying for a loan, or any good paying job for that matter.
And this isn’t even scratching the surface by the way.
Your social score can effectively prevent you from buying train and plane tickets, and even from joining certain social gatherings.
Think of it as some sort of The Hunger Games scenario where the division between social classes isn’t enforced by military action but rather by a “self-policing” technology.
In a era where we’ve just started to emancipate from the gatekeepers, these guys are building the mother of all gatekeepers. And it’s just an algorithm.
That algorithm has the power to decide every single thing about your life: Which schools your children can apply to, which persons you’re “allowed” to date romantically… Hell, it can even ban you from accessing dating websites if your score isn’t high enough.
Oh and make sure to unfriend anybody who has a low score because they will drag you down with them.
And this is no joke by the way, there are people who are punished for who their friends were in 2012.
So if you ever had a friend who decided to “speak truth to power”, or notice an existing failure in the system or even call out an injustice taking place in front of them… You’d better make sure to unfriend them, because in this newer version of Huxley’s Brave New World you’d have to brainwash yourself by yourself.
There’s no one selling SOMA pills, so you’d have to manually numb your own feelings, kill your own curiosity, keep your head down and play the social media game.
And above all, make sure to obey the system at all times and never stick out from the crowd.
“If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World.
… To Be Continued.