When I first saw the Netflix Profiles pop-up I thought it was a trick: "Who's watching?" it asked. Eek! Not me! Sorry! I'd been using a friend's account for two years and thought my day of reckoning had arrived.
Where would the Arab spring be without Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? Phones with digital video? The Square, an edge-of-your-seat documentary on Egypt's uprisings, is testament in style and substance to the game-changing role technology has come to play in revolutions.
There are two shows I can turn on any time and I will start cleaning my house without even realizing I'm doing it. It may begin with wiping down a counter, but if it turns out to be a marathon, my whole kitchen will be spotless by the third episode.
Amazon turned industry heads in April when it let viewers pick which of its original pilots should make it to series. But its latest move builds in customer-influence right from the beginning of the creative process.
I had lost, for a brief time, the belief that any modern art was original. Thankfully, because of the film Marwencol I once again found love of the process and need that creates truly amazing works of art.
Netflix is the toast of the town, and they rightly deserve to be congratulated not only for bringing joy to their nearly 30 million subscribers, but for impressing stalwarts from both the Street and the Valley.