Is Netflix killing your creativity and imagination?


netflix addictionNetflix is our new addiction. People started to use the word Netflix when they want to refer to the television. Even Netflix is not alone in video streaming services among Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, and others; it represents all in daily conversations. People are spending hours on Netflix and other streamlining services by watching thousands of tv shows and movies. Netflix takes so much time and does not leave space for reading books, playing games, or other activities.

Since Netflix and other streaming services provide mostly fiction based shows and movies, there is no need for imagination. A scriptwriter and director bring their creativity to the screen and viewer only consumes that creativity. All effects, professional acting, video, and story editing leave no room for the imagination of the viewer. Everything is already on the screen. In contrast, while reading a story and novel, the narrative and the descriptions demand the imagination and visualization of the reader. The readers should create spaces, characters, and their actions in their mind throughout the reading process. That’s the reason why the readers of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter hate the movies of these literary works because the films are entirely different than imaginative creations of the readers. Reading a book requires hard work to construct all the scenes and spaces in the mind, but it pays to the reader as a personalized and satisfactory experience. On the contrary, we can also claim that Netflix is increasing creativity and imagination. Each movie or show provides a lot of input to the minds of the viewer. All films, tv series, and documentaries may trigger some sort of creativity. The variety of ideas, creations, and productions on Netflix can quickly start a parallel creativity and coproduction process. Hasan Minhaj, Friends from College, Continuum, The 100, Mind Hunter, Silicon Valley, Startup, Night off, Mr. Selfridge, Brooklyn 99, Clone Wars, Last Week Tonight, Sorry to Bother You, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Beverly Hills 91210, and Entourage are a few examples that can induce your creativity. These works or similar works can make you think, imagine and create a desire to create something similar or dissimilar. The first paradox created by Netflix is while it provides a lot of input to be creative the addiction to watch it doesn’t allow to use the time to be creative. The second paradox is successful original works on Netflix feed the imagination but again since they answer all the questions they don’t give an opportunity to use the imagination. In conclusion, I can say that people who want to be creative use Netflix as an abundant resource but there is a great danger to remain just as a consumer while losing hundreds of hours.

Mel Arat

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