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.

  • Edward Snowden is catching up on The Wire.
      • The former NSA contractor, in an interview with NBC's Brian Williams that aired last night, said he is able to live a relatively normal life in Moscow:
      • That's the beauty of the internet, is that we're no longer tied to our communities merely by physical connections. Right now I'm watching a show, The Wire, about surveillance, which is— I'm really enjoying it. Second season's not so great.
      • That's a beautiful quote. He's right, of course, about the internet eroding physical boundaries. And entertainment is a very important cultural export, particularly for the United States. It may seem trivial that Snowden is watching an HBO series that first aired more than a decade ago. But that it now comes so naturally and easily, even while in exile in Russia, is kind of profound.
        • Snowden didn't say how he is watching The Wire. Perhaps he has the DVDs. If he's streaming it, Snowden could be using Amedia Premium, which has the Russian rights to some HBO shows. Or maybe he's turning to HBO Go or Amazon Prime Instant Video, both of which carry The Wire. If that's the case, Snowden would have to be using a VPN to pretend he's watching from within the US, which is a technological trick one can only assume he's familiar with.
      • Speaking of Snowden, Russia, and The Wire...
        • David Simon, creator of The Wire, once said of the series, "Our models are the big Russian novels."
        • Like everyone who watches the show, Snowden will eventually come to realize that season two is brilliant, even if he's also happy to get reacquainted with his favorite characters in season three.
        • No spoilers, but I would be very curious to hear Snowden's reaction to season five, when various characters choose to work outside the system to pursue their own ideas of justice...
  • Thursday 5.29.14