A Brief Visual History of On-Screen Text Messages in Movies and TV

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House of Cards (2013)

Steven Soderbergh said of David Fincher’s House of Cards, “It’s the most beautiful thing you’ve seen on a screen.” Whether you agree with this statement or not, it’s hard not find the floating text bubbles appealing for both their realism, and their surrealism. Plus, Frank Underwood’s threats seem extra vicious when read in succinct bursts of characters.