DECODING BORA – Future Fiction Idea for Social Media Presentation

The pre-release interview teaser trailer, and presentation script: 4thought (4t): Welcome everyone to this, the pre-release interview of 4thought’s upcoming production, “DECODING BORA.” I’m Sarah, primary director of the series, here to represent 4thought Productions, your favourite up-and-coming production company…

DECODING BORA - Future Fiction Idea for Social Media Presentation

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The pre-release interview teaser trailer, and presentation script:

4thought (4t): Welcome everyone to this, the pre-release interview of 4thought’s upcoming production, “DECODING BORA.” I’m Sarah, primary director of the series, here to represent 4thought Productions, your favourite up-and-coming production company that’s not afraid to question the norm and go against the grain. I’m here today with somebody critical to the project, somebody who actually came to us. Welcome, Lizzy.

TizzyLizzy (TL): Hey Sarah! Firstly, thank you for taking my appeal so seriously. I’m so excited to be working alongside 4thought, because this issue we are investigating, has affected my own work online, particularly on my YouTube channel. The judgement I’m now succumbing to has tainted the TizzyLizzy brand, which I’m truly gutted about. However, now we are moving onto bigger and better things.

4t: I’ll pause you right there Lizzy, just to give the viewers some context. Our investigation begins a long time before TizzyLizzy even began, way back at the beginning of the 21st century, in China. As most of us know, back in 2018, the country started carrying out 24/7 CCTV surveillance over its city citizens, and, assisted by facial recognising AI, began rating and sanctioning them all based on their actions. At first, the move out of privacy sparked outrage, especially as a move such as buying a few video games, something that is actually a great thing for the economy, was viewed by the government as a negative habit, and resulted in people being put down for their choice of hobbies. But, with time, the world grew accustomed to the idea of the government tracking their every move.

TL: And then came BORA.

4t: And then they did. The Board of Reputation Algorithms was born in the western world in Central London, around the time when Theresa May decided she wanted more thorough surveillance of all citizen movement. This came as the government became increasingly concerned in the safety of an online world. BORA, as an independent company, received the legal sanction to collect ALL of a person’s online activity – from content uploaded to off-hand google searches, from shared online opinion to private messages. It was implemented across the internet as the ‘BORA Halo’ colour-coded ratings. So now, a casual dig at a co-worker online could drop you to amber, and looking up how to make a bomb would flag you up as a red. As soon as the rating system was established, the sanctions began rolling in. Now, that dig at your colleague meant that your latte cost 50p more. That explosives research? The red halo that would now be linked into your passport and bank cards would cost you the ability to travel outside of the country and to use your contactless for certain restricted items altogether. And this, Lizzy, is where your story comes in.

TL: Yes! I am currently the holder of a ‘red Halo,’ which isn’t great – I mean I can’t even leave the country, because border immigration judges us all on our BORA rating. To make it worse, I can’t even buy alcohol, because of the red rating attached to my contactless card. After I was initially downgraded to an amber, this sparked my curiosity as to why innocent little me had to suffer at the hands of BORA and led me to ask, was this already the case with others with negatively coloured ‘Halos’? I then appealed to 4thought Productions to help investigate BORA with me.

4t: Anything to help bring down BORA, Lizzy! Now, we’ve made you wait long enough. Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from “DECODING BORA.” Enjoy!

VIDEO – DECODING BORA TEASER

4t: Well. What did you think of that Lizzy?

TL: Oh my god! That’s the first time I’ve seen it all put together! It looks amazing!

4t: If you don’t mind, now, what do you think was your main takeaway from your short personal investigation before you collaborated with us?

TL: It’s actually crazy everything I learnt about how BORA’s personal interests and opinions should not be the ultimate deciding factor of our ratings. Their algorithms are too biased towards their own views. They screwed me over when I wasn’t doing anything wrong! This is very unfair, and it will cause either one of two outcomes: either we fight against it and get the BORA system removed, or we all end up conditioned to be a mindless society with no opinions of our own!

4t: And can’t we just start to see that already! Just one more question before we close the interview; do you think we can go on using this algorithm as a way to measure our online reputation?

TL: Absolutely not! It’s ridiculous that BORA’s opinions dictate how we are perceived online. I understand why we have it, and its bonus’ but it is so flawed! The system is just too biased to be accurate. How much of our freedom are we willing to hand over to an algorithm?

4t: Wow, I think we can both agree on that – what a bit of food for thought. That’s all for today, thank you, and goodbye!

(THE END)

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