The latest Netflix thriller ‘YOU’ was added to the streaming service on December 26th, taking the world by storm and becoming the latest binge-worthy show. The show left viewers fearing for their privacy on social media.
The series stars Penn Badgley, former ‘Gossip Girl’ aka Dan Humphrey, and Elizabeth Lail. Badgley plays ‘Joe’, a book store manager shrouded in mystery, who meets ‘Beck’ a grad student who strolls into his store, a chance encounter that turns from charming to creepy very quickly.
He soon becomes obsessive, checking up on Beck tracking her daily routine, whether its going to work, going out with her friends or just chilling in her house, Joe is always watching.
He finds out everything there is to know about her from her social media. He starts to discover her circle of friends and who she spends her time with. A chance encounter, where Joe saves Beck’s life, leads to Joe and Beck getting closer and eventually becoming a couple.
As the show progresses, we witness the highs and lows of their relationship. We see how Joe’s obsession grows as their relationship does. The lows of their relationship involve Joe terrorising Beck’s friends, whether it was manipulating them or making them feel paranoid, who weren’t fond of him or posed as a threat to his relationship. Joe’s sinister actions go undetected for a majority of the series, through elaborate plans and hiding crucial evidence.
Beck becomes suspicious of Joe’s former relationship with his ex-girlfriend Candice. Candice has somehow fallen off the face of the earth, just as she breaks up with Joe and on a whim, fly’s to Italy after another guy. Just as Joe calms her fears, she uncovers what kind of person he really is.
The show reaches its climax in the season one finale, a plot twist fuelled the speculation of a second season being in the works as fans were left with a cliffhanger in the final minutes of season one. Fans wishes were answered when it was confirmed that there will be a second season of the show, but the release date for this is yet to be confirmed.
It’s unclear which way the show will go, after that ending, but it will still be the same premise of Joe looking for love with possibly a whole new cast andantes new location.
The series showed just how easily someone could obtain access to your personal information and use it for their own benefit. It also made people rethink what they put on social media, as just putting up a photo can tell a lot about yourself, like your location.
While watching the series, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Cambridge Analytica scandal – the scandal regarding people’s personal data and how that was used. This all changed with the new General Data Protection Regulation that was introduced in Europe in 2018, which gives people more rights to the information that is held about them and it gives them more control over the information.
It makes you wonder how much can a picture tell? Also once it’s up online, it is up forever for anyone to see.
The only way to keep it private, so only the people you know can see it, is putting your profile on private but how far does that actually go? Does it stop others from seeing it or hacking into it? That is a question on a lot of viewers minds after watching ‘YOU’. Will these uncertainties stop fans from watching the second season? I don’t think so.