03 Apr '11, 9pm

One day, machines could determine what we watch on TV ...: Commentary

You probably have had a Bruce Springsteen-TV moment, or several. You know, those times after some serious channel-surfing when you felt like breaking out into the American singer's 1992 hit, 57 Channels (And Nothin' On). Who then do you turn to for a recommendation on what to watch? The 8 Days TV guide? Today's entertainment section? Or, do you take the cue from your Facebook friends as is the zeitgeist of our Internet age? There was a time when decisions on what to watch were guided solely by the professional critics. But they, the arbiters of taste whom we love to hate for their day-job and mini-celebrity status, find themselves having to compete these days with crowd wisdom for your attention. Thanks to social media, millions of people are offering their views online - from what terrier makes a good pet to whose derriere is a good pat. And, of course, many offer their a...

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