Interesting take on the "golden age of television," and the critical attention being given to non-network shows on subscription providers like HBO or Netflix. An excerpt: By the time Barack Obama announced that his favourite TV show was The Wire during his first run for president in 2008, there was a clear shift toward understanding the spate of morally complex shows emerging out of the pay-TV landscape as a kind of unified genre: serious television for serious viewers. Yet are we indeed in the midst of a new golden age of television, or is what’s happened in the last decade simply that technology has made TV more available than ever before — and convinced us that its quality is, therefore, better? At the same time, what long-term effect will this same technology have on the lasting viability of TV’s current model? Full story here.