The Senate has voted to restore broad government surveillance powers instilled by the Patriot Act, post-9/11 legislation written to help law enforcement detect and prevent terrorism. The USA Freedom Reauthorization Act reauthorizes expired programs from Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the section previously used to support large-scale collection of American phone records.
For a series deeply invested in being innovative and futuristic, Black Mirror seems to have lost its sense of imagination. The highly-anticipated fifth season of Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology follows the December release of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, an interactive film in which viewers are active participants in the development of the storyline. Black Mirror Season 5 marks both a return to the show’s standard format and also a notable decline in quality.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s aptly-named We Cast a Shadow is a harrowing exploration of the extremes that govern the psyche of the oppressed–light and shadow, good and bad, white and black. This debut novel offers a bleak satirical depiction of a man mentally (and physically) warped by a lifetime of racism and brutality.