Metadata! No, wait, come back! It’s about cool stuff!

Interesting piece in The Atlantic about how Netflix created a resource of genre metadata about the film canon, and now use it to analyse what audiences are interested in. Which in turn influences movie producers re. what is likely to be popular. Which is in itself a bit of a problem: if all your recommendations are based on things you already like, how do you discover anything really new? Hopefully there’s a clever answer to that too…

Years ago I wrote to the All Music Guide (as it was then) to find out a bit more about their own descriptive metadata, which can be a bit esoteric. They never replied, but here’s the Tom Waits entry, just for fun.

Artists Moods

Artists Themes

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