Teddy Wayne on the State of Binge Culture

This despite the keeping-up-with-the-Joneses quality to binge-viewing. If everyone is quickly exhausting every new episode of a show, and writing and talking about it the next day, it’s easy to feel left out of the conversation if you haven’t kept pace. And sometimes when you’re late to the party, you decide to stay home instead.

I bring your attention to today's read with a disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with or relate to it.

Binge viewing is changing TV for the better. The average cable subscriber has access to 189 channels, but only watches 17 of them. That's why, when Netflix released the entire first season of House of Cards in one fell swoop, I was all for it. For me, binge viewing wasn't a problem. I didn't watch the entire season in one sitting (I'm still not finished with season two). I didn't feel the need to shut myself in for an entire weekend.

For some, though, this access is a problem, and it extends much further than Netflix streaming. The abundance of information presents problems, be it video or articles or even music. As usual, the solution begins with awareness.

It's in that spirit that I connected to Teddy Wayne's essay on the current culture of binging on media. It's a reminder that things can get of hand when the tools we use change our habits ever so slightly.

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