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How Black Mirror became a product of the system it criticises

The dystopian television series is playing out one of its own plot lines

By Lucinda Smyth  

Miley Cyrus as Ashley O. Photo: Netflix

*Contains spoilers*

Towards the end of the final episode of this season’s Black Mirror (Netflix, 5th June), we see protagonist Ashley O tied down to a bed. Ashley (Miley Cyrus) is an iconic pop sensation whose artistic outputs are adored around the world. Lately Ashley has been being a bit difficult, so her managerial team have reasonably placed her into an induced coma. Attached to her head is a device which will monitor creative…

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