Great Job, Internet!: Netflix-O-Matic breaks Netflix into tiny pieces, rearranges them for you

You’re not the only one who’s noticed an increasing number of genres in your Netflix queue. A little more than a year ago, Alexis Madrigal wrote an article for The Atlantic about the absurdly specific language Netflix used to personalize suggestions. In the article, “How Netflix reverse-engineered Hollywood,” Madrigal breaks down the vocabulary and grammar of Netflix to conclude that “Netflix has meticulously analyzed and tagged every movie and TV show imaginable. They possess a stockpile of data about Hollywood entertainment that is absolutely unprecedented.”

So when the London design firm Good, Form & Spectacle found Madrigal’s research, it embarked on its own project of Netflix absurdities to create a limited database of genres. (Note that Netflix shut down its public API last fall, so this project may unfortunately not have very long legs.) The resulting Netflix-O-Matic lets you browse Netflix via a randomly generated list of …

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