The streaming giant is increasingly relying on explainer-type series like Explained and History 101, but their supposed objectivity masks worrying biases.
Jake Pitre is a writer and PhD candidate at Concordia University. His work has appeared in Pitchfork, the Globe and Mail, Catapult, Polygon, and Columbia Journalism Review.
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