Recently, I sat through a presentation by a small Stockholm start-up. Over the course of 30 minutes, I was walked through an innovative diagnostic tool with the potential to save thousands, maybe millions of lives. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand a word of it.
Enter Lacey: a smiley, sweet, pastel-clad office worker who stars in Episode 3.1 of Netflix’s Black Mirror, titled “Nosedive.” In the world of Nosedive, your social worth is dictated by your rating on a scale of 1-5 — much like Tripadvisor, Yelp, or Uber. Throughout the episode, Lacey is pictured doing any number of distasteful tasks in order to gain 5-star ratings: going running in the early morning, offering her croissant to a woman in the office elevator, and generally being saccharine-sweet to anyone who crosses her path. But throughout the episode, we’re left to wonder what Lacey is genuinely like. Is she sweet? Is she interesting? What would she do with her time if she weren’t constantly thinking about what others thought about her?
I suspect an abundance of Laceys in corporate America today.