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Netflix is changing its ratings system and I’m not happy about it. Partly because I’m getting old, but partly because binary ratings stink.

“Five stars feels very yesterday now,” said Netflix VP Todd Yellin. A statement made yesterday, thereby nullifying his entire argument, I guess. Yellin probably never saw a crowd pass judgement on a gladiator or a Siskel & Ebert review, a TV show that finally gave the opposable thumb purpose.

Over the years I’ve learned how to read Netflix’s ratings. They’ve become an indispensable barometer for the laziest kind of couch surfing. The kind where I’m sprawled out, casually browsing through Netflix categories before pausing on an intriguing title or an evocative image. I glance at…

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