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Netflix Recommends: Algorithms, Film Choice, and the History of Taste

Frey, Mattias (2021) Netflix Recommends: Algorithms, Film Choice, and the History of Taste. University of California Press ISBN 978-0-520-38204-6. (In press) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:89816)

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Abstract

Algorithmic recommender systems, deployed by media companies to suggest content based on users’ viewing histories, have inspired hopes for personalized, curated media but also dire warnings of filter bubbles and media homogeneity. Curiously, both proponents and detractors assume that recommender systems for choosing films and series are novel, effective, and widely used. Scrutinizing the world’s most subscribed streaming service, Netflix, this book challenges that consensus. Investigating real-life users, marketing rhetoric, technical processes, business models, and historical antecedents, Mattias Frey demonstrates that these choice aids are neither as revolutionary nor as alarming as their celebrants and critics maintain—and neither as trusted nor as widely used. Netflix Recommends brings to light the constellations of sources that real viewers use to choose films and series in the digital age and argues that although some lament AI’s hostile takeover of humanistic cultures, the thirst for filters, curators, and critics is stronger than ever.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.575 Multimedia systems
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Mattias Frey
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 06:41 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 12:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/89816 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Frey, Mattias: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3388-0353
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