White Christmas explores the power of technology and the relationship between humanity. While demonstrating the constant switch between technology as an “Object” and “Subject” is the concept of time/iTime no longer a linear concept. Without our timekeeping skills and linear time, many industries would fail to function efficiently. However,technology utilized how we spend time, such as how downtime is eliminated because work and pleasure is merged. Time governs our everyday activities, and as expressed by Agger and Foucault, “power embeds itself in everyday activities” (Agger, 120). As demonstrated in the episode White Christmas, iTime has become manipulatable, making it tool for power and control. Authoritative forces can easily manipulate criminals by controlling their time objectifying people to their program. Despite Matt and Joe spending five years together in the cabin,it has only been about 70 minutes to Matt who was really manipulating Joe’s for the police by subjecting Joe to his chosen perception of time.
This ability is utilized by Matt when psychologically breaking the artificial intelligence home program of Greta’s consciousness cautioning of insanity if overdone. Matt was able to fast forward time, imprisoning her in order to force her to comply with managing the household. Control over time is achieved by downloading a person’s consciousness (cookie) and over clocking the date; a consequence of time manipulation used to control/program the human mind. Through this technology, the human mind becomes an object, which becomes subjective to a program. Joe argues that this is cruel and slavery, despite it just being a program no different that any other device.
While one could argue that these devices are all optional, the episode White Christmas explores the power of technology and the hypothetical relationship between humanity while demonstrating the constant switch between technology as an “Object” and “Subject”.
Agger, Ben. “ITime: Labor and Life in a Smartphone Era.” Time & Society 20.1 (2011): 119-36. Web. 6 Dec. 2016
Tibbetts, C. (Director). (2014). Black Mirror; White Christmas [Motion Picture].