How Has Netflix Changed Entertainment?

It brought a revolution of convenience and boosted diversity. So what’s the downside?

The Netflix building in Hollywood, California
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About the author: Derek Thompson is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, technology, and the media. He is the author of Hit Makers and the host of the podcast Crazy/Genius.

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The numbers are staggering: thousands of films and TV shows available to
160 million subscribers in 190 countries. Netflix has changed the entertainment business; that much is obvious. But how has it changed the meaning of video entertainment in our culture—and the way movies and television shows are made?

In this episode of Crazy/Genius, the final installment of the third season, the host Derek Thompson talks with Matt Zoller Seitz, a television critic for New York magazine, about the downsides of too much technological convenience. Then he speaks with Franklin Leonard, the founder of the Black List, about data, diversity, and the Netflix effect for storytellers. This episode was produced by Patricia Yacob and Jesse Brenneman. Subscribe here.