||[Oct. 18th, 2006|01:16 pm]
There's something magical about spying via Netflix. Unlike the fantasy worlds of MySpace and the blogs, it's less a social platform than a practical tool, so the data is exceptionally pure. Netflix allows our tastes to flourish in their full, omnivorous, complex human glory, free of shameful image-management and the high/low divide. Earnest Goes to Camp consorts freely with Citizen Kane. It's like a self-portrait in movie titles: Nowhere else is cultural desire so nakedly on display.
-- Sam Anderson, Slate.And now you can spy via Netflix too.
, a.k.a How To Break Anonymity of the Netflix Prize Dataset.
Things are quite murky right now. They're going to get murkier before they can get clearer though. Watch this space for updates.