Internet Overload: Our Streaming Way of Life

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With everything available all at once — products, personas, pastimes — we wander, often overwhelmed and lonely.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B roadcast media created a way of life: the mass culture that my parents were raised in. It defined a way of life for most Baby Boomers. It made many of them into middle-class collectors — of records, then CDs, of VHS tapes and DVDs. And this culture outlived them into my own childhood. It’s the culture that made legends out of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash and then made Oscar-bait movies about them as the Boomers got older. It was a mass culture in which the Oscars mattered in some way.

The Oscars made sense because people needed entertainment, so they

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