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Netflix, 'House of Cards' and the limits of binge-watching junk
Netflix, 'House of Cards' and the limits of binge-watching junk

The oddest thing about the hit Netflix political thriller "House of Cards" is that its popularity -- according to many media watchers and even to some extent Netflix itself -- seems inextricably tied up with the way it gets viewed, rather than whether it's actually any good.  That's probably fortunate for Netflix, because from the standpoint of the traditional hallmarks of quality in viewed entertainment -- coherent plotting, believable dialogue, professional acting -- this "House of Cards" is a pretty sorry spectacle. Before we get into further detail about that question, let's observe that most of the discussion of the series' success does indeed focus on Netflix's cunning in releasing...

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