Emily Christ

My name is Emily Christ and I'm a senior Interdisciplinary Studies student studying Psychology, Anthropology, and Geography at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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    Changes in the television causes by Netflix

    Discuss the changes made to the medium of television shows by streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime. When creators do not have to worry about nudity, cursing, or other network concerns, are able to create different length episodes, and explore new types of creativity and storytelling ideas.

    • Also, it would be pertinent to consider how the medium, being internet rather than television, might involve the viewers more directly than television does, which might affect the content it portrays. Meaning, the internet, such as Netflix, allows for immediate and easy feedback, ratings and comments directly on the viewing source while television viewers need to do a little more work in finding a location and crowd to complain to, all the while knowing the complaints might not even be heard by the producers/broadcasters. The direct interaction between viewers and broadcasters on Netflix/Amazon Prime might be in part responsible for the new emergence of progressive shows available, such as Transparent (Trans issues), Sense 8 (Cross-Culturalism), Luke Cage (POC protagonists) and Orange is the New Black (Queer leads) which, while not perfect, showcase in a comedic and accessible manner issues that are usually only considered viable subjects if they are dark and tragic (if you look at how award nominated works usually depict homosexuality, for instance). Also, it might accelerate the rate at which more problematic shows are discarded or corrected, making the content tailored for the public and thus generally more appreciated. As such, on top of the censorship, lenght and creativity concerns mentioned above, genre, tone, content, casting and subjects are also probably affected by the medium of the shows. – Arsen 3 years ago
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    • What makes Netflix very valuable is not so much their productions, but rather, their data mining abilities. Netflix is able to make shows based on user data and trends. I think there is obviously a level of creativity with this new medium, but at the same time, it is all carefully calculated. – AaronJRobert 3 years ago
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    • Also, how does the practice of binge-watching an entire show as soon as it's released on Netflix change the way we interact with the show and other fans? – sk8knight 3 years ago
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    • A look at HBO would also be relevant to this topic, as one of the initial cable networks. – Munjeera 3 years ago
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    • Netflix has also prompted several companies like Apple and YouTube to create original content, now knowing that people are happy to stream premium shows for a price. – Nate Océan 3 years ago
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    Great article- I hadn’t thought about The Brave Little Toaster in Years, but reading your article brought back tearful, terrifying, memories from my childhood and also made me smile. You bring up some really great points here, and I think that simply my reaction is a case for the fact that children should be able to watch such though-provoking and emotional films.

    Should Children's Films be Dark or Light?

    Thank you for this thoughful and intelligent article. I have been a huge fan of Mann’s work since I first saw it as a child myself, and feel that her photographs speak to something primal and profound if the viewer allows them to. It’s sad that representations of her own children in their natural forms led to such allegations against her, but I think it saws more about society than about Sally Mann.

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann

    New Girl is a huge guilty pleasure of mine, and its always funny to see things that you like being called out for their tropey nonsense. After reading this article I am inspire to write my own sitcom… or maybe just set up a rooftop hangout.

    The 5 Things You Need to Improve Your Life (As Seen in Sitcoms)