What You Learn About Tech From Watching All 456 Law & Order Episodes [theatlantic.com]
Sometime soon after Netflix’s streaming service launched, Jeff Thompson found himself watching episode after episode of Law & Order. It was so easy. An episode would end and he’d click “next.” We’ve all been there. You can watch a lot of Law & Order that way.
But Thompson’s approach was different than your average binge-TV viewer’s. Thompson brought an archivist’s flair to his hours watching. As he’d go, he’d screenshot “oddities”: scenes taken from a first-person perspective, or those portrayed in an unusual split-screen fashion.
After a bit, most of the oddities melted away and just one thing—one single thing—kept popping out of the frame to grab Thompson’s attention: computers.