Student Journalists Sound Off, Episode #3 (Target: Netflix)

What would the world — or at least college students — be better off without? What is confusing, worrying and frustrating the heck out of a vast majority or a vocal minority of undergrads? And what are students finding evermore evil, weird or dumb and dumber by the day?

In separate op-eds and articles published within campus media worldwide, students regularly offer a bevy of suggestions on “unnecessary traditions, ideas and institutions” that should be scrapped, significantly changed or scrutinized with much greater skepticism.

Simply put, from time to time, student journalists sound off — angrily, bitterly, sarcastically and judiciously. This lighthearted CMM series is aimed at amplifying their voices — offering one extra platform and promotional push for frustrations deemed especially fascinating, funny or on point.

1Read closely. Whether you agree with them or not, rants can often be remixed or spun off into excellent news stories.

For more story ideas, order a copy of my book Journalism of Ideas, dubbed “the next new mandatory text for college journalists.” Also check out 1 Million Story Ideas for Student Journalists, a quick-hit, unending, hopefully indispensable, fun, fun, fun digital story ideas fountain.

Episode #3




In a recent tongue-in-cheek goodbye letter to Netflix published in The FSView & Florida Flambeau, Florida State University student Leyla Erkan tells the service it has simply grown too addicting.

“I couldn’t help myself,” she writes. “I didn’t know what had gotten into me, but there was something about you [Netflix] that was like a drug. I couldn’t get away. It was extremely unhealthy. We were spending hours together in bed, watching TV in the dark while avoiding responsibility. It was beautiful, but I had things I needed to do. We would fight sometimes about it — you never liked it when I left — but we always found a way to make up through sharing a new show.”

According to Erkan, the ultimate deal-breaker wasn’t Netflix’s allure, but the sudden disappearance of “King of the Hill” from its catalog of streaming shows.

As she explains to Netflix, “It made me SO MAD. I’ll never get over that. ‘King of the Hill’ was the one show that made me feel safe, and you went and took that away. … It’s over. I’m moving on with my life. I don’t need you or your stupid library. I have a new neighbor who moved in across the street, and his name is Bootleg. So far, we’ve gotten along quite nicely.”

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