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January 21, 2016

How "Making a Murderer" Went Wrong

For those people, and for others close to the original case, “Making a Murderer” seems less like investigative journalism than like highbrow vigilante justice. “My initial reaction was that I shouldn’t be upset with the documentarians, because they can’t help that the public reacted the way that it did,” Penny Beerntsen said. “But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, Well, yeah, they do bear responsibility, because of the way they put together the footage. To me, the fact that the response was almost universally ‘Oh, my God, these two men are innocent’ speaks to the bias of the piece. A jury doesn’t deliberate twenty-some hours over three or four days if the evidence wasn’t more complex.”

The Avery case can been discussed ad nauseam in the press recently, but this is one of the more critical pieces I’ve read. Good stuff.

December 15, 2015

Inside Netflix’s Plan to Boost Streaming Quality and Unclog the Internet

Over the past few months, Netflix has dared some of its employees in its Los Gatos offices with a special kind of challenge: Two TVs mounted side-by-side were playing the same TV show episode. One was coming straight from Netflix’s existing service, the other was based on a new bandwidth-saving technology that the company has been working on for four years. Anyone capable of pointing out the difference could win a bottle of champagne. But in the end, even eagle-eyed employees had to give up, and the prize went unclaimed.

Includes a comparison between The Avengers and My Little Pony. No, I’m not kidding.

August 5, 2015

Netflix Announces Its New Maternity And Paternity Leave Program

This is a pretty landmark perk, with the company showing both current and potential employees how much it cares. The company suggests parents can come back to the office either part or full time, then go back out as necessary during the first year. All paid of course.

Here in Finland, we have guaranteed maternity/paternity leave, but this isn’t common in the US. Good on Netflix.

July 8, 2015

Netflix Moves Into Original Feature Films, Starting This October

Really looking forward to Beasts of No Nation.

Based on a book by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, the film will also be released to select U.S. theaters on the same day it appears on Netflix, allowing it to qualify for industry awards. For movies like this where the audience is uncertain, the Netflix model means producers get a guaranteed paycheck, regardless of cinema ticket sales, and the film can still benefit from critical praise and any subsequent awards it earns.

August 15, 2012