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Netflix: a window to life

What if Netflix was a window to an even better story?

All I do is sit at home and watch Netflix. Kyrie Irving (Basketball player)

I love a good Netflix binge! Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnast)

Anybody that doesn't like Netflix, that's like saying you hate Santa Claus. Julian Robertson (Financier)

We love our TV shows. Watching TV is Australia's most popular after dinner activity.

These shows entertain, enthral and fill in a Friday night. But what do these shows tell us about ourselves? What if if these shows were a window to an even bigger and better story?

Join cultural analyst Dr. Sam Chan in four sessions as we explore how the Netflix popular cultural phenomenon helps us see something more.

All sessions: 12.35-1.15pm, Campari House (23 Hardware Lane, Melbourne)

Trashy TV: Why can't we look away? (Wednesday 9th May )

Why is Married at First Sight so popular? If Reality TV was really real - would be as interesting? Or would it be too boring? How much spice should you add to MKR? So what does reality TV tell us about ourselves?

Comedy: Should I laugh or should I cry? (Wednesday 23rd May)

What do comedies like Fawlty Towers, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Good Place and Jane the Virgin have in common? Author Aaron Allston said about the difference between tragedy and comedy: Tragedy is something awful happening to somebody else, while comedy is something awful happening to somebody else. Is this true? What makes something funny?

Superheroes: Do we need another one? (Wednesday 6th June)

Another superhero movie. Haven't we had enough already? Why are they so popular?

Dystopia: What are you afraid of? (Wednesday 20th June)

The experience of Offred in A Handmaid's Tale is a life of indistinguished, unremarkable, single-use humanity. Her desperate desire is to be free. It's 'them' against 'us'. It's good vs evil. It's the tyrant you'd give your life to escape. Why does dystopia seem so relevant in our world today?

NB. This series of events is not associated or connected with Netflix in any way. Netflix is used simply as a descriptor of our modern culture.