Fun with the Vox Pop

What's a vox pop? You've seen a million of them but probably didn't know they had a name -- they're the segments in news programs and documentaries where lots of different people are interviewed on the street and all asked the same question, and the program cuts fairly quickly between the various talking heads to give a general overview of "what people think." The voice of the people, as it were.

Here's a really standard vox pop (featuring some fun weirdos), just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about.

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie had a faux vox pop segment on their show for years, with predictably hilarious results. In this clip, various people on the street (played by Laurie and Fry) are asked what they think of wines.

But my absolute favorite twist on the vox pop (that I've seen recently, at least), is the music video for the band Cake's hit song "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," in which they go around California asking people to listen to the song and give their opinions, which are classic.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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