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    What is the function of 'Trending' categories on streaming services.

    What is the function of these categories on streaming services:

    Disney – Trending
    Netflix – Popular on Netflix, trending now, Top 10 movies in Australia today
    Amazon prime – top movies, top tv
    Stan – trending on stan, popular now

    Psychologically why do we want to be watching what everyone else is? Or if not, why?

    How does this work on services such as Netflix, who have their own original content? Can we trust that they aren’t bumping their own numbers?

    Also, how do they know what is being watched most? Do they get these numbers anonymously or can they see what each user/profile is watching? Netflix has a category based on the user’s country, so they must be able to see at least some user info with what is being watched.

    I have seen writer’s use eg. Bridgertons viewing stats in articles, where do they get these numbers?
    Are they released by the streaming services or are these inferred from their places in ‘trending’ categories?

    Having these lists and categories seems to guarantee that certain content will reach pop culture icon status (eg. Tiger King), which spurned trends on social media and spin-off shows.
    Perhaps this is why the services have these categories, so that everyone is talking about the show/movie that can be seen exclusively through their service.

    • I think FOMO, or the fear of missing out, plays a major role in why the 'trending' section works so well. Many want to be able to connect with others and fear that if they do not they will be left behind – Alex 2 years ago

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    This was a really interesting read, I hadn’t previously considered what makes a good educational program.
    I wonder if its success had something to do with their main characters being kids/teens.
    I think mostly for educational settings (even TV) there is some sort of adult/authority figure to teach, it might be a nice change of pace.

    MythQuest and the Challenges of Creating Entertaining Educational Children's Programming

    Interesting, I haven’t seen these movies and now probably never will.
    I feel like a problem with Hollywood writers like this is that they base their POC on other POCs from other poorly written movies. Which leads to a cycle of unresearched stereotypes that reinforce to the audience that this is what a POC looks like/acts like.
    I think more diversity in a writer’s room is the only solution, as surely someone with East Asian heritage in the room would have nixed a lot of these issues before they aired.

    Racist Undertones in "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding"

    I’m not sure if I agree with the idea that because the male characters aren’t good role models for boys, they’re poorly written. Isn’t the point that they are complex, multi-dimensional people with both good and bad traits. Which seems to be true of all the male characters you mention.
    It is one-dimensional stereotypes that I take issue with, no matter the character/author gender.

    Men Written by Women: Dreamboats or Brutes?

    I am a fan of booktok’s spinoff bookstagram, I have read a lot recently based on their recommendations.
    Some good, some bad but it did get me reading again.
    I also love being discussing the minutiae of Harry Potter with other people in their 30s who are still obsessed.
    I only joined Twitter and Tiktok to try and promote my book, and as scary as these platforms can be for a not-teen I have found the #writersoftwitter and reading and writing communities on all the platforms to be positive, joyful, and supportive places (a rarity on SM).

    BookTok Influencers and Their Impact on the Publishing Industry