Obsessed with the future of TV

This is a notebook about television, internet video, and what the next living room will be. It's an outline powered by Fargo. The editor of Glass is Zach Seward; the lead developer is Sam Williams.

The name is an argument: that media are best understood as competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, television sets—it's all just glass.

  • Whit Stillman's pilot for Amazon is the culmination of more than a decade of trying to break into TV.
      • From an interview with the New Republic:
      • After Last Days of Disco I really thought it would be good to work in TV. You spend so much time coming up with a fictional world, and then you’re over with it. It’s done, and you have to invent a new world and a new group of characters. After Last Days of Disco I thought, I’d really like to work in TV where I can just keep going with the same characters and not have to reinvent the wheel every couple of years. So I was working with these big production companies to write scripts that they would then take to a network, but nothing ever comes of it. I once asked how these companies could afford to commission so many scripts they didn’t do much with, and they said, “One word: Seinfeld.” But it was this crushing feeling, like you’re working in a void and by the time you turn a script in, no one’s paying attention.
  • Wednesday 9.3.14