June 18, 2020
A couple of months ago, I began to subscribe to Netflix. I decided, rightly or wrongly, that, in order to be culturally literate, I needed to watch every episode of “Breaking Bad.” So I did.
Then it dawned on me. I gave up a LOT of my privacy by subscribing.
Netflix knows exactly what I am watching and when I am watching it. And I’m not really that comfortable with that. The radio station doesn’t know when you’re listening or what you’re listening to, the newspaper doesn’t know when (or what) you’re reading. But Netflix (as with, I assume, all on-line subscription video services) has this surveillance thing down to a science.
Say what you will about satellite or cable t.v., at least (to my knowledge) they aren’t tracking every moment of your t.v. viewing.
It leads me to wonder if maybe I should deep-six this Netflix experiment. Of course, I’ll need first to finish watching the Jerry Seinfeld special.