A Southern California couple is being praised for their cost efficient decision to give their 18-year-old son a subscription to Netflix instead of paying for the expensive Film Studies degree he wanted to pursue at New York University. According to Dan and Linda Johnson, they made their decision after they realized that by choosing Netflix over the close to $50,000 in annual tuition it would cost for their son Jacob to attend NYU to watch movies, they would not only save a fortune, but their son would get basically the same education.
“Some people are calling us cheap parents, but that is the furthest thing from the truth,” Dan Johnson told Hollywood & Swine. “We sprung for the $19.99 a month Netflix plan, which in addition to unlimited streaming, allows Jacob to get up to three DVDs in the mail each month.”
Paying for a child’s Film Studies degree has been one of the most the debated decisions parents have had to make since the degree began being offered at universities decades ago. The decision became even more controversial in recent years when the employer of 90% of Film Studies graduates, Blockbuster Video, closed all of its franchises, making it that much harder for recent Film Studies graduate to find a job utilizing their degree.
In related news, Netflix has announced its latest desperate attempt to stop the deadly trend of binge TV watching that surpassed binge drinking this year as the leading cause of death among college students (Hollywood & Swine, June 11, 2013) . Starting in November, the only television series able to be streamed online will ones they’re confident no one could humanly binge watch, including: “The Ropers,” “Caroline in the City,” “Whitney,” “Viva Laughlin,” “Cavemen,” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” “Dads” and “The Michael J. Fox Show.”