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The Jessica Jones merch table is empty

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By a lot of accounts, Netflix’s Jessica Jones was a successful, popular show.

Though the ratings were disputed by Netflix execs, the “hacked” ratings suggest the show was the most popular among the 18-49 demo.

Over on Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 93 percent approval rating.

And the show has been awarded a Season 2.

But, there’s no Jessica Jones merchandise.

A 7-year-old and his dad today were combing for Deadpool character merch in the toy aisle at Target. The Deadpool movie is rated R. But, this very-much-not-17-year-old kid was excited to look for the character Fabrikation on the end cap.

Jessica Jones doesn’t have a rating, but it’s certainly not for kids.

However, there’s no adult merchandise, either. There aren’t any Jessica Jones Valentines on the card aisle. There aren’t Jessica Jones Dooney and Bourke bags. Not even a single T-shirt.

Here’s what you get when you search for Jessica Jones on the official Marvel store.

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Jessica Jones is one series in a Marvel/Netflix partnership that will end with The Defenders series bringing the characters together in Hell’s Kitchen. So far, Daredevil is the only other part of this partnership to stream.

Good news for you if you want Daredevil merchandise: It’s plentiful.

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Merchandise based specifically on Netflix’s Daredevil series is planned for next month. (And looks awesome.)**

Other franchises have been called out lately for not producing merchandise for girls or with female characters. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was called out for not including Rey in most merchandise. Just lack week, fans questioned #WheresRey in the Monopoly game.

I like Jessica Jones. A lot.

So, if Marvel made a $200 bag with Jessica Jones I would be tempted. If they made $2 Valentines, I would buy them in bulk.

Time to step up, Marvel.

Give this girl something to spend her money on.

In the meantime, I made some free Valentines.

Here you go:


**Information on merchandise specifically tied to Netflix was added. h/t to Mitch Schwartz.

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Binging on Beyonce

Beyonce this week released a self-titled album en total without promotion.

It’s a complete season of emotions: retrospection on “Pretty Hurts” to introspection on “Heaven” to projection in my favorite “Flawless,” which samples from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk.

I use “season” for the 14-song, 17-video album purposefully. Because that’s what it is. It is a story she wants us to binge on. Like Netflix announcing it added a new season of that show you once watched in its entirety one weekend, Beyonce just announced you would no longer have to wait a week or a month between singles.

Binging is the media consumption behavior of the future. Netflix this week released the results of a survey confirming we like to to eat the whole package of Oreos at once and binge on TV.

And, binge I did. On repeat. Until my iPod’s battery died.

Beyonce performing in Montreal. From Wikipedia Commons.

I’m not here to review it because 1) I all could say is “Amazing.” and 2) You probably own it already. After all, the album sold 80,000 copies in the first three hours. And, it continued to be so popular that iTunes had to shut-down for a bit. All this Bey-fever began with just an Instagram announcement.

Everyone is paying attention to that bit of this story. And, it’s an important one. But, I see another story. One behind the partition.

Most entertainment media give advance copies to the news media so that reviews can add to the hype. But, that wasn’t the case here. So, AFTER all your friends used exclamation marks in their tweets and statuses, AFTER 15,000 people reviewed it on iTunes, and possibly AFTER you listened for yourself, New York Times reviewed the album. I’m sure there were a tonne of people who read NYT’s review, but now they were reading it the way an NFL fan read’s Monday morning’s newspaper sports section: With the knowledge of what already happened. In one of the year’s biggest albums (there have been so many), the curators of culture were irrelevant in deciding sales figures.


Beyonce’s press release hinted that was part of her grand design:

That the album is available on the day the world is learning about its release is an unprecedented strategic move by the artist to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter. This unique approach allows music fans to be the first to listen, view, engage and form their own opinions void of any middleman.

If this moment becomes the precipice of a trend, it may just be once more way the traditional news media loses its influence on discourse and its chance to write the first draft of history. Should we pay more attention to one NYT reviewer who uses words like “phalanx” or the thousands of listeners who speak our language?

Beyonce made her moment in music history by reinventing how to drop an album. But, given her super-star power, I’m not sure this model can be repeated by other artists or in other mediums. After all, Radiohead’s moment in music history didn’t mean I chose what to pay Beyonce.

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House of Cards Season 2 Spoiler







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