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.

  • It's Upfronts week: TV networks make their glitzy pitches to advertisers in New York.
      • Most people can safely ignore the Upfronts, which are important to the industry's status quo more than its future. We already know which shows have been cancelled or renewed. The biggest news to expect is when each show will air (i.e., when to set your DVR).
        • Counterpoint: The Upfronts are interesting because the broadcast networks have begun to fight back in earnest against stiff competition from cable channels and Netflix.
        • Counter-counterpoint: "So madly creating series, offering them to a dwindling customer base, canceling them in progress or after one season and then repeating the cycle again is insane. It’s asking people to be suckers and dopes eternally. That only works when you’re a monopoly."
      • But if you must: Here's a schedule of the major events.
      • Variety has a useful guide to the Upfronts in plain English.
      • Where each of the major broadcast networks stand right now
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