Believe me when I tell you this conversation never really happened.

Brown: So, have you been watching Barry?

Orange: Yeah. I like that show.

Brown: Me, too. But can you imagine having your TV show cancelled because of an algorithm?

Orange: Oh, as compared to, say, killing people for a living?

A silent beat later.

Brown: You think they’re suggesting an analogy?

Orange: Either that or a metaphor. Or an allegory. In any case, I’m trying not to think about it.

Originally published at on July 25, 2022.



Debbi Mack

Debbi Mack

New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website: