Are Netflix Series Our Most Important Media?

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Looking back, a number of historians have celebrated a three part relationship between a creative form, a period of time, and a location. This makes me curious about us. What type of popular work might survive as the archetypal form of the early 21st century? What’ll later generations look back on and say, of us, “that was it! that was THEIR preeminent cultural form! Their “model media”!” Not specific works–like Harry Potter, Star Wars or Dark Souls–but TYPES of work like… the novel, film, or video game. In this episode I want to make the case that our model media might be a kind of TV series. That’s what we dive into this week on Idea Channel, but don’t take our word for it. Watch the episode and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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