Today I read this article… Netflix Is So Big It’s Finally Canceling Shows. Good by Angela Watercutter. My comment…
Netflix cancels the wrong shows. In order to cancel the right shows, Netflix would actually have to know our preferences. Fact is, Netflix has absolutely no clue how much I love Lovesick, Detectorists, Campus, Spaced, The Almighty Johnsons, The Sound of Your Heart, The League, One-Punch Man, Person of Interest, Sense8 or How To Grow A Planet.
Of course I gave all these shows a thumbs up. However, it isn't even a small sacrifice to click a thumbs up button, which is exactly why doing so doesn't reveal the size of my love for these shows. Love is a function of sacrifice.
If a woman told us that she loved flowers, and we saw that she forgot to water them, we would not believe in her “love” for flowers. Love is the active concern for the life and the growth of that which we love. Where this active concern is lacking, there is no love.— Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
Imagine if, all else being equal, we could "earmark" our own subscription dollars to the content that we love. A dollar that I spend on Lovesick is a dollar that I can't spend on Campus. Ouch. I'd have to seriously prioritize, and doing so would be seriously painful. But this painful prioritization process is the only way that Netflix, and content creators, can actually know my true preferences.
The same goes for Wired.
Let us, the consumers, use our cash to cultivate/curate the content that we're crazy about.
Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer. - Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
Also posted on Reddit: Netflix Cancels The Wrong Shows