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Russia Accuses U.S. Of Controlling People’s Minds With Netflix

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Netflix launched in Russia this year, which is great news if you’re a bored babushka home on a Thursday night, but a terrible threat if you’re Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, who made some interesting claims about the digital streaming service recently. No, he wasn’t giving his unsolicited opinion on “Orange is the New Black,” rather Medinksy implied that the U.S. government is bankrolling Netflix in order to control the minds of people worldwide.

According to the Moscow Times:

“The White House fully understands that through Netflix, they can get into every home, every television and then — into every head,” Medinsky said. “Do you think that these gigantic startups get going all by themselves? That if a student is sitting there with an idea that billions of dollars come raining down?”

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Medinsky doesn’t seem to have heard of venture capital and didn’t offer any evidence for his outlandish claim. The idea that the American government is funding Netflix as a propaganda organ is a very quaint, Cold War-era notion that ignores the fact that massive corporations can pretty much do what they want in this wild wooly world and hardly need the government’s help to do so. It’s also belied by the fact that, in the U.S., corporations control the government and not the other way around.

That being said, while a government conspiracy involving “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is unlikely, Medinsky’s not entirely wrong about Netflix’s global influence. In a broader, more abstract sense, does Netflix control the minds of people worldwide, turning them into mindless stream zombies lurching from binge watch to binge watch while governments collapse and the actual world crumbles around them? Of course it does. Netflix is the opium of the masses.

There are some really great shows on there, though.

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