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Review: Black Mirror, season five 

Black Mirror, season five launched this week, and like the previous seasons in the series, the level of provocation is high. The basic human condition is deconstructed, and examined with regards to its relationship to the tech we live our lives with. There are very few aspects of life that, in the west, don’t intersect with tech in fundamental ways. From how we communicate with each other, experience reality, experience our sexuality, work, or keep ourselves company, tech is ubiquitous, and its influence on our interface is increasing.

Virtual reality has the potential to open the door for a lot of new experiences, but the one that will be the most lucrative is probably virtual sex. In “Striking Vipers,” best friends Karl (Yahya Abdul-Mateen) and Danny (Anthony Mackie) try the latest, VR version of their favorite video fighting game, Street Viper. Karl takes the avatar Roxette (Pom Klementieff), and Danny plays as Lance (Ludi Lin). They end up fucking instead of fighting.

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