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Why does every show have to end at midnight? Why does Netflix's algorithm not allow us to get rid of unwanted titles? Can we ever understand without subtitles what young actors are saying?

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From Netflix's algorithm for later shows: 5 things the cultural world needs to fix

Why does every show have to end at midnight?

Why does Netflix's algorithm insist on not letting us get rid of unwanted titles?

Can we ever understand without subtitles what young actors are saying?

In honor of Shavuot and the general optimistic feeling that can be fixed, here are five problematic things and ways to fix them


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Ido Yeshayahu, Amit Slonim and Nadav Menuhin

Saturday, 15 May 2021, 16:36 Updated: 16:42

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Did you like the quality crime drama?

You might also like this thrashy thriller.

They both have murder.

"Who killed Sarah?"

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Netflix's algorithm needs urgent improvement

Netflix recently launched one of the most important tools in its history: the "Play Something" button.

Just as you fiddle with TV and fall for content you like and keep watching, so does the new feature hope to do, but relying on your taste and previous choices, as the algorithm taught them.

Despite this, quite a few people who press the button report that the first content to start playing is an episode of "Friends".

On the one hand for most of humanity this is the ultimate curfew, which is why it is so popular even today.

On the other hand, for many others it was a wrong, sloppy choice, unrelated to their tastes.

It's not really terrible.

One can ignore this button and go into choosing something else from this infinite well.

The problem is that this algorithm sucks.

Even after years of using Netflix, he still does not really know how to refine what is supposed to work for a particular viewer and what is not.

Perhaps his most outrageous problem, and the easiest to solve, is that we viewers do not really have control over what is presented to us.

If a person knows that in life he will not click on a particular title, give the option to delete it so that it does not appear again.

If someone likes a particular genre but does not like a specific title from it - the thumbs buttons for voting up or down will not really help settle it.

In short, give the viewer a little more power and the algorithm will improve dozens of counters.

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Audience at an old performance by Rami Fortis (Photo: Government Press Office, Yuval Marcus)

Performances must begin at reasonable hours of the evening

Anyone who has been to a cultural show in Europe knows this sense of revelation. You go to see a rock show, a show, a concert, a musical, a ballet or a stand-up - and in the end, when the lights go on, you go out into the world and the time is still reasonable. You can eat something small, drink something big, you can take a bus or train and leave the city and you can also just hurry home and go to sleep. Meanwhile, in Israel, there is no show that starts before nine o'clock.

The reasons are varied: people work late, everyone arrives in a private car, gets stuck in traffic jams and has to look for parking. A person from the periphery cannot attend an event in Tel Aviv in the evening unless he has a private car. Places that are considered quality here, such as Caesarea or Shoni, have no way to get there by public transport anyway. The far-fetched result is that performances start late and end even later. Getting out of a show in Israel before midnight is quite rare, and that's before we talked about the time to leave in the parking lot in an attempt to dig out of the traffic jam.

All of these have established the myth that it is "non-rockish" to start a show early.

This is completely a false Israeli consciousness.

This is difficult to fix, as it is a by-product of a larger egg and chicken problem.

In the future, when there is a more efficient public transportation system here, which may work both on weekends and later hours, people may be able to get to shows without congestion calculations.

The result will be good for all parties, and will also attract more people to cultural events.

In the meantime, see you all at the beloved bottleneck at the exit from the first amphitheater.

We do not even talk about respect for the Hebrew language (Photo: ShutterStock)

Young players must work on the diction

The next time you watch an Israeli drama series, especially one starring young people, do a little experiment with yourself: try listening to dialogues without the help of subtitles, or even completely turn your gaze away from the screen. Can you decipher everything that is said? In recent years this has become an increasingly impossible task. We are not even talking about respect for the Hebrew language, although that would be nice too, but about a big technical problem that is only getting worse. Only when you stop using subtitles do you realize how much they have become necessary crutches for so many young players in Israel. Many of them just can’t seem to avoid swallowing words.

There are several time points where it can be improved.

Although not all actors learn acting - where some of the lessons deal with diction - one can at least ask the production to help them with a course, or even a lesson, on the subject.

If this too is heavy on the budget, the director may remark to them that what has been said now was not understood and that an additional take is required.

Or probably the best option: the players themselves should be aware of this problem with them and just pronounce the words properly.

This is really not a complicated matter.

"The singer who makes it big in Europe."

Neta Barzilai with Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Government Press Office, Haim Tzach)

The state must stop owning Israeli successes abroad

The new editions will report on "Israeli pride", the prime minister will even call to congratulate. "The Israeli film won an Oscar"; "The Israeli actress who honors us in Hollywood"; "The singer who makes it big in Europe." You already know the headlines. Personal achievements of talented artists who tore their buttocks for the sake of their art, managed to break through the borders of the country and succeed abroad as well. Then, when the world sees them, suddenly we want some of them.

It's natural, but also a bit painted.

The successful Israeli artists abroad did not do it thanks to the State of Israel. With the state's small investment in local culture, it would not be an exaggeration to claim that they did it despite Israel. The correction is relatively simple: Being a little less ironic.Because money does not grow on trees and we save it for more important things like security, infrastructure and meetings - you can just take your hat off to the successful artists, and remember that they did it themselves.It's a personal, not national pride.

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Yonit Levy, News 12 (Photo: screenshot, Keshet 12)

It's time for the new editions to stop being so long

If you close your eyes and concentrate very much, you can try and remember that once the editions would start at eight and end at nine. Theoretically, after this hour you knew everything there was to know about the events of the day. But this is no longer the case: in recent years, and even more so with the outbreak of the plague, editions have swelled to an hour and a half and even more, even after hours of incessant news broadcasts. When it is necessary, it can certainly be understood. Even in the current nightmarish round of escalation it's clear that the editions take over the whole evening, and that makes perfect sense, but suppose we end up returning to a kind of routine - what would be wrong then with releasing us to a movie, show or drama a quarter to ten, as if we were a normal country?

And it is not that we have necessarily earned in these additions what is usually pushed off the agenda: welfare, poverty, environment, culture. These continued to win crumbs, while at times it was consumer, aviation, promotion and gossip articles (or just extreme Kushmero) that filled the screen with distractions, filling all the pre-release hours anyway. Instead of a tight-knit, activist product that provides a service to the public - under the auspices of the excess news - the long editions have become a tool for masking what is really happening.

But one more thing can be fixed: one can redefine current affairs relations for entertainment, decide that the news editions end at nine no matter what, produce a separate magazine strip for content like "Training is back in fashion" or "What attractions await us in Dubai", or just give them up, and release the viewers still Committed to the television ceremony held every evening at eight.

Everyone will benefit: the editions will maintain relevance, pace and effectiveness, and we will all receive more quality and diverse content, and we can pretend, between disaster and round of fighting, that at the end of politics and crime there is also routine and culture and leisure.

When that happens, it will be news.

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