It’s 2019, Netflix is apart of our daily routine, let’s be honest, it is.
But, isn’t it a little scary the power Netflix has over us. I quickly searched how many Australians are connected to Netflix. Over 10 million according to Roy Morgan.
The content on Netflix is shaping us; providing us with entertainment, conversational topics, social groups, mindless streaming and outlets etc. It has immersed itself into our lives so intensively, what were we doing before, without it?
Netflix almost knows me, ‘Hey Bianca I know you live for Horror, Fantasy, Science fiction and Comedy so here is, Love, Death and Robots’’.
I’m hooked, I truly am. A collection of vast ideas and genres in animated short stories representing something of deep truth. A SHORT ADULT ANIMATION VERSION OF BLACK MIRROR, YES!
However,I am going to focus on the second episode called ‘Three Robots’. You guessed it, it’s about three robots. Media audience Blog finished…
No, let’s get into it. Why is this episode so damn good?
It is set in the future. Us humans, well, we are extinct leaving three robots roaming the land, curious of what humans were and how they lived, and how they became apart of the national museum without a curator.
The creator Tim Miller creates a sense of amusement through irony when the robots discover elements related to human activity, making them question who created humans and what they were made out of (referring to their own serial codes).
However, as this magnificent piece is made for humans to consume and reflect on, we are sitting there relating to all the human references made, knowingly that we are the creators of robots and the reason for our vanishment. Ironic, right?
The dark humour puts us in a place of self-evaluation. We become aware of our actions, Anxious of what comes next. Now, this is what I find interesting, I love deep truth being revealed. I love that this Netflix animated show is available to a mass audience, capturing an idea of what our future may be like. We may continue to blindly go down a dark path, or, we way wake up. But, is it too late? I wonder how long this will sit in someone’s mind. Could this make a difference?
Now, the problem is more than these two things: Netflix users will go onto the next best show and society will follow the next trend. We are living in a mass mediated society, the human attention span is becoming shorter. We are socially consuming and are addicted to media.
Did Miller communicate his ideas through an 11 minute adult animation to really grab and hold our attention?
‘Three robots’ makes us realise that we are the pinnacle of our success, but, we are also our own downfall. I feel the creator has made this series of Love, Death and Robots to question our reality and what effect it has on our future. I appreciate this as an audience of the media as the concepts addressed in this episode are ones I think about almost everyday. However, this is not a new concept. We are familiar with this concept in other sci-fi fantasy films we have watched either, intently or absently. Ideas about the media audience discussed in this weeks lecture made me reflect on what, why and who are watching. Comparing audiences from the 19th century to now, we are all media experts. We are flooded by new content, it’s almost like we don’t watch it for the enjoyment but for the enjoyment of critically analysing it along with your social groups or reciting great one-liners. The point I am trying to get at, is, that the audience collective has evolved alongside with the improvement of media production. Personally, I get so involved with the animation or CGI that I am not following the narrative. I turn to Google and research about the creation of the production. However, that could also be my short attention span…
“Ugh, not another post-apocalyptic film where robots take over” …
But, like I said earlier, our society is so flooded with media. Are we children needing to constantly be reminded of the consequences of our actions. I don’t know…
PS: I want you to watch this for yourself so I am not explaining the whole episode. Jump online and see the deeper meaning…and get ready for the petty twist.
“Yes, Once we could open up our own tuna can, that was pretty much that for the human race.”
Miller, T 2019, ‘Three Robots’, Love, Death and Robots, online video, 15 March, Netflix, viewed 16 March 2019, <https://www.netflix.com/watch/80223967?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C1%2Caa0ab450-cb9b-435e-93b5-24fed0cb457d-34135348%2C%2C>
Roy, M 2018, ‘Netflix set to surge beyond 10 million users’, Roy Morgan, weblog post, 3 August, viewed 16 March 2019,