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Two sustaining experiences have imbued TV series Portlandia since the beginning of the pandemic, and both have clues for the future of media.

First, there is the nightly cacophony. Around 6.57pm every evening since early April, hundreds of people have begun to emerge from their perches, hanging on the steel and glass towers where I live, on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, to express their gratitude and empathy in novel ways...

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