Netflix recently released Season 4 of Black Mirror, prompting a whole lotta binge-watching. Randomly, people are just now discovering what’s behind the title.
If you didn’t know, Black Mirror’s title refers to the reflective black screen of your smartphone of computer when it is not in use.
Show creator, Charlie Brooker, confirmed the meaning back in 2014, via an interview with The Guardian. He said, “any TV, any LCD, any iPhone, any iPad — something like that — if you just stare at it, it looks like a black mirror, and there’s something cold and horrifying about that, and it was such a fitting title for the show.”
For some reason, some viewers are just now coming across this explanation and expressing their shock on social media.
Just dawned on me that the title "Black Mirror" refers to any screen when it's turned off: monitors, smart phones, TVs, etc. Yes, I've watched all 3 seasons. Yes, I was just cleaning my work monitor when I figured it out. Shut up.
— Cheryll Del Rosario (@cheryll) December 21, 2017
OR YOUR TV!!! pic.twitter.com/hoH1thsPYC
— R.T. .Gif (@theOrangeRash) December 30, 2017
When you realize why it’s called “Black Mirror”. pic.twitter.com/bJhVQ0PuZv
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) December 6, 2017
Episode of Black Mirror: *ends*
Me: *shook, looking at my computer screen which is now a literal black mirror*
Whoever came up with that title: pic.twitter.com/abWntakzWE
— Mitch Wisniewski (@mitchwis) December 30, 2017