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In the past several years, Netflix has continued to increase in popularity, surpassing many other forms of mainstream entertainment platforms, including traditional television. What started as a company where you could rent DVDs, the nature of the online business has changed drastically with the times and is now all about streaming video. But, Netflix has made some changes, capitalizing on their acclaim and their popularity. I’m here to talk about the age of streaming video and how Netflix’s Original Series are taking over the industry.
Netflix is producing amazing original content one after the other and has become the go to form of TV entertainment because of convenience as well as amazing content. As a private company that doesn’t broadcast their content on public television, Netflix is able to comment on social issues that are usually taboo without as much scrutiny than that of other entertainment networks. For example, recent phenomenon, 13 Reasons Why, depicted the harsh and graphic struggles of depression leading to suicide. This is a theme and social issue that is often avoided in in TV and film as it is rather controversial. But, Netflix had no problem spreading a message that needed to be spread.
Another show that blatantly comments on important social issues is the series, Dear White People. This show comments on the lack of racial diversity in the Ivy league schools, and in prestigious universities in general. The satirical series touches on subject matter that is frankly unprecedented in mainstream entertainment, and is something that so many people can connect with. Netflix has also adapted many novels or revived already classic shows with incredible grace and fluidity. For example, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fuller House, Girlboss, and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. All of these shows are based on previous works whether it be books or TV. They have also all been relatively well received by fans of the original works, so Netflix obviously did them justice.
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With great production value and strong content, Netflix Originals are becoming the new norm in mainstream media. This change in the industry creates more honest and worthwhile productions that are unique to anything we have seen before. I can’t wait to see what else they plan to release in the future.
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