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Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society. A brief scan of the lyrical landscape reveals what the car represents in American culture. There's machismo, naturally, as with the sunny bravado as the Beach Boys bop: "We always take my car, 'cause it's never been beat/ And we've never missed yet with the girls we meet." Commitment: "I drove all night to get to you." Luxury and power: "Pull up in the monster, automobile gangsta/ With a bad bitch that came from Sri Lanka/ Yeah, I'm in that Tonka, color of Willy Wonka/ You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer."
"Our content is our crown jewel," said CEO Reed Hastings, speaking two days after the company won an Oscar for its Russian sports doping documentary Icarus and ahead of the release of the new series of Jessica Jones. "It's up to us to take [subscribers'] money and turn it into great content for their viewing benefit." Speaking at Netflix Labs Day, a rare press event at the company's headquarters in Los Gatos, California, Hastings stressed his opposition to "chopping up" the site's movies and TV shows to accommodate commercials. "Having a great experience... vastly outweighs the fact that one company is gaining a lot of influence," he said, alluding to Netflix's market dominance, now under renewed threat from rivals Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney (bolstered by its recent multi-billion dollar takeover of Fox). Hastings is seemingly prepared to forego the lower prices and increased revenue advertising would bring and is putting his money where his mouth is, investing $8bn (£5.77bn) in original programme-making in 2018 alone.
Victor Schwartz is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the Kansas City-based law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. He chairs the firm's Public Policy Group, which seeks to be the vanguard of developing public policy issues that will help improve the civil justice system. Mr. Schwartz has been an advisor for each of the American Law Institute's (ALI) Restatement (Third) of Torts projects: Products Liability, Apportionment of Liability, and Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm. He is a life member of the ALI. Prior to entering the full time practice of law, Mr. Schwartz was a professor and dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.