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Commentary By Theodore Dalrymple

The TV Boss Who Decides What You Watch

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Or does he?

The caption of a very large photograph on a recent edition of the Daily Telegraph read, “The British TV boss who decides what you watch”. The photograph was of the recently appointed chief content officer of Netflix. 

Do we live in North Korea where, in the public space, speeches of the leader are escapable only by deafness? That many people in Britain subscribe to Netflix is indisputable; but even they choose among programmes that are offered to them to watch. Moreover, Netflix is not a monopoly; other channels are available. It is even possible to watch nothing at all.

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Theodore Dalrymple is a contributing editor of City Journal and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

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