Posts Tagged: Netflix

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The Rumpus Interview with Frederick Barthelme

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Frederick Barthelme talks about his new novel, There Must Be Some Mistake, life after teaching, and why food from the Olive Garden is “execrable in the best possible way.”

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Libraries Are Essential

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Libraries are not “Netflix for books,” Kelly Jensen argues over at BookRiot, but serve as centers of their communities. Corporations like Netflix are driven by profits, while libraries, at least in North America, are free for their users. The real danger is in training people to think of libraries not as essential public services, but as services users pay for:

The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month.

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Hollywood, Writer: The Rumpus Interview with Brian McGreevy

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Brian McGreevy has had the kind of dizzying career assent you usually only see, well, in the movies. At 28, he’s already been a working screenwriter for years and had two scripts* on Hollywood’s coveted Black List. This month his first novel, Hemlock Grove, was published by FSG and it’s already on it’s way to becoming an original series for Netflix

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Aggregators Always Win

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Netflix, the largest video service in the world, has its own kind of customer loyalty that no other company is close to matching.

It’s not only upsetting to the small neighborhood video stores, but to big companies like Apple, who use historical events to explain Netflix’s dominance (“Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes famously likened the relentless march of Netflix to the Albanian army’s trying to ‘take over the world.’”) This has everything to do with the contemporary state of media—aggregators instead of content creators are the real money-makers.

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