Netflix rentals outline the deep cultural divisions in my city (and America)

This tool provided by the New York Times outlining the Netflix rental habits of 12 metro areas is just fascinating, though not surprising.

The heavily black areas of Boston, my city, such as Dorchester and Mattapan have very high rates of Tyler Perry film rental.

The rich, white old people suburbs of Boston (Newton, Concord, Wellesley, etc) especially like Julie and Julia, Frost/Nixon and other such middle-brow, boomer-bait titles.

The heavily student/hipster areas especially like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Role Models.

Nobody in the areas that have the highest percentage of college-educated people (which can be done by using the maps found here) are renting Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

And, while pretty much everybody in Boston, NYC, DC and California seem to love Milk, it’s not going over so well in the heart of Red State America city: Dallas.

Birds of a feather, right?

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2 Comments on “Netflix rentals outline the deep cultural divisions in my city (and America)”

  1. danielbrockman Says:

    This tool has made me realize that a lot more people seemed to like, or at least be curious about enough to rent, “Bejamin Buttons”. I hardly know anyone who saw it, let alone saw it and liked it, like I did– but apparently it and “Slumdog” were the constants around the whole geographic area.

    Also, “Rachel Getting Married” seems to have been freakishly popular in Somerville. Great movie, but a #2 rental?

  2. Jeff Says:

    The power of the academy awards is revealed.


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