Bingeing makes TV more like books
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 9:46 AM by Dave Winer ☮.
  • This AdAge article says 9 out of 10 Americans are binge-watchers.
  • That's amazing.
  • The article is fairly negative on the idea, saying that people who binge-watch are somehow less perfect human beings than people who watch TV the old-fashioned way, one installment a week.
  • I disagree. A good binge is more like reading a book than it is TV. The plot develops at the pace you're happy with. If you want to read a chapter a week (heh no one does) you can do that. But if you want to know what happens next, now, go ahead and watch.
  • I recently binge-watched Transparent in one sitting. What an excellent show. It took about five hours (each episode is 1/2 hour). How much nicer that was than stretching it out over 10 weeks.