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Disney has announced that it will be launching its own streaming service for its central brands, and another one for live sports. Richard Drew/AP Photo

When envisioning the future of TV, think of a shopping mall

Disney recently announced a forthcoming streaming service, leading some to wonder if the company is gearing up for a battle with Netflix. But not all streaming services are locked in a death match.
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Here’s why your local TV news is about to get even worse

The FCC has made it even easier for broadcast media conglomerates to focus on making money. The public – who own the airwaves those companies depend on – will suffer as a result.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) attempts to teach ethics to Eleanor (Kristen Bell) in comedy series The Good Place. NBC/Ron Batzdorff/IMDB

Kantian comedy: the philosophy of The Good Place

The Good Place is a high concept comedy about what it takes to be a good person. One of the show's charms is the way it draws on real philosophers and philosophical dilemmas.
Deep-space journeys will have plenty of downtime. studiostoks/Shutterstock.com

Secret weapon for space travelers: A steady diet of TV?

Astronauts traveling to Mars and beyond would face serious psychological challenges. A well-designed media program – based on an old-fashioned schedule – might help make life at least a bit easier.

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