Netflix taggers: people paid to watch the streaming site

Nestled in front of a gigantic screen, it’s no surprise that Josh Garrell likes to watch TV and movies. […] He works for Netflix and is part of a select group of part-time employees called “taggers.” His job is to watch movies and TV shows and describe the plot, themes and characters by applying hundreds of labels known as tags. “I’m basically memorizing as much information as I can while watching it,” Garell said. “Is there any cursing? What type of humor is in there? If it’s a comedy, how dark does it get? Tagging isn’t your interpretation of a movie, it’s just the cold hard facts of what you are watching. He enters those cold hard facts into a very detailed online database. […] His tags are then fed into Netflix’s highly secret algorithm at their Silicon Valley headquarters. The tags help create the personalized recommendations subscribers’ see on their screens, like “violent suspenseful foreign action and adventure,” “gritty biographical documentaries” and “movies featuring a strong female lead.” – CBS News 
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