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The grassroots only win when they have big business on their side.

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It took us years just to learn how to pronounce it.

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This explosive plot development in season two is House of Cards at its worst.

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Netflix's War on Mass Culture

Binge-viewing was just the beginning. Netflix has a plan to rewire our entire culture

Binge viewing was just the beginning. What you need to know to understand life after the end of mass culture.

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The Veep Is More Popular Than the President

How the worst job in Washington became television's favorite role

If Joe Biden really wants to get the most out of his time as vice president, he should sign a development deal instead of forming an exploratory committee. On television, the Naval Observatory is the hottest real estate since Melrose Place—far more popular, even, than that mansion over on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Books Don't Want to Be Free

How publishing escaped the cruel fate of other culture industries

You hardly have to wait in line at Barnes & Noble anymore. The cashiers stare into the middle distance, while on the sales floor, space for books steadily erodes. Instead: toys, magnifying glasses, doodads for the desk. Also: Nook devices, which are supposed to represent the future. Except the Nook division is actually doing worse than the stores themselves.

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Yael Stone’s Lorna Morello is one of the most memorable characters on the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” Lorna is a prisoner and temporary lesbian planning a wedding to her fiance back home, and perhaps the most notable part of Stone's performance is her accent: there is something noirish and gangster-film about it, its exact origin not quite clear. Stone is Australian; on the phone, it is startling to hear the genteel lilt of her actual voice. But she spent hours wandering Boston with a tape recorder to perfect Lorna’s cocktail of east coast sounds.

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After much hubbub over the potential for Netflix to further shake up the television landscape with Emmy nods for its original programming, the dust has settled and “House of Cards” reliably prevailed. The series picked up nine nominations in big-ticket categories such as outstanding drama series, lead actor in a drama series for Kevin Spacey, and lead actress for Robin Wright. Already the headlines have proclaimed the onset of a new cultural era.

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Arrested Development, Indeed

It's time to say it: The Netflix format just isn't working.

Why the show's new season struggles with the Netflix format.

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Kevin Spacey's Leading-Man Problem

The star of the 13-hour "House of Cards" is as impenetrable as ever

Laura Bennett watched thirteen hours of "House of Cards" in one weekend. The show is haunting, but Kevin Spacey's performance left her cold.

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