Sunday Long Reads: Netflix tackles mental health, sports streaming rights and the first woman to run for President

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best long reads from Newstalk

This week's Long Reads has a slant towards the world of streaming, as we look at the way in which Netflix has been dealing with mental health in their comedies, as well as the latest deal between the Premier League and Twitter. 

Elsewhere, there's a look back at Shirley Chisholm, the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination and her role in Hillary Clinton's path in this election, we talk to Denise Tormey, president and co-founder of PlanNet 21 Communications, and look at the way that Irish society and the justice system deal with sex offenders.

When sex offenders walk free: Experts weigh in on minimum mandatory sentencing

Sexual assault victims in Ireland are too often made to feel betrayed by the criminal justice system.

In one prominent case last year, a man who repeatedly raped his ex-girlfriend while she slept was initially handed a fully suspended sentence, allowing him to avoid jail.

The woman, Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill, described the judgment in an interview with Newstalk as sending “a clear message to Irish society that rape and sexual violence are not being taken seriously enough”.

Remembering Shirley Chisholm, the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination

Hillary Clinton has made history, becoming the first woman in America to receive the nomination from a major political party in the race for the White House. But she lags some 44 years behind a bespectacled black woman who took to a podium in 1972 asking for the Democratic Party to nominate her. Shirley Chisholm, the first African America woman ever elected to the United States Congress, struck a blow for her race and her gender, but is largely forgotten today.

Going up against George McGovern, the ultimate nominee who would go on to lose every state bar one and DC in the election, Chisholm’s short-lived campaign paved the way for Hillary’s speech in Philadelphia this week.

From one West Coast to another: PlanNet21’s Denise Tormey on Silicon Valley living

If you’ve been watching Donald Trump’s insistence that he is going to “win bigly” become less and less laughable as he seized the Republican Party’s nomination and sets his sights on the White House with a sense of bemusement verging on fear, imagine how it feels watching it all unfold on American soil.

Our own Denise Tormey, president and co-founder of PlanNet 21 Communications, has been doing just that as a resident of San Francisco, and she’s starting to think Trump has a real shot.

As for her American neighbours and colleagues in the Bay Area, they’ve yet to come to that realisation. Maybe they’re just too close for that to be a comfortable thought.

Will streaming alter sports in the same way it changed music and television?

As we continue to invest more and more of our time into the worlds of digital and social media, what kind of portrait does this paint for the future of sports broadcasting? 

The shift has been definitive; people are choosing what content they want to see and when, there are precious few occasions where you can guarantee an audience are all going to be watching.

Live sporting events are perhaps one of the few remaining occasions where TV companies can guarantee bums in seats, but with new services offering streaming and alternative ways to view sports from MMA to soccer, is there a new landscape on the horizon for how we watch sports?

How Netflix's comedies are helping to normalise mental health issues

A little over a week ago, the third season of BoJack Horseman arrived on Netflix, with all twelve episodes there for viewer's digestion in one go if they saw fit.

However, many may have found it quite difficult to binge on the show - unlike other Netflix season dumps such as House Of Cards or Daredevil - but it definitely wasn't a question of quality.

Season 3 of BoJack Horseman is currently sitting pretty with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, with many outlets calling it one of the best comedies on TV right now.

The real issue with BoJack Horseman is just how willing it is to get into the usually ignored aspects of its characters' mental issues, and this is something that Netflix seems to be tackling head-on with a lot of its big comedy seasons lately, including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Lady Dynamite.