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Great Debates: Is it better to binge or watch TV weekly?

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Giovanni Rufino/Netflix; Gene Page/AMC

“Question Everything” opens the floor for debate of pop culture topics–serious to whimsical, sublime to ridiculous—that have no right or wrong answers but certainly elicit a wide spectrum of intense opinions. Hopefully reading these different perspectives will open minds, challenge thinking and maybe even provoke a change in what you believe. Let’s discuss!

Binge or watch weekly:

How do you watch TV?

EW’s Critics Make Their Cases

 

Jeff Jensen says:

Because it’s good for you. It’s the only sane solution to the problem of Too Much TV. A deep, rich sink into a single work over days is simply superior to tracking multiple sagas over months and the tonal whiplash of careening from drama to comedy to reality on any given night. Binging opens your eyes to the design of a show’s storytelling at a time when TV has never been more artfully constructed. It allows you to regulate pacing — and commercial bombardment. Does binging put you behind the cultural conversation? Depends if you think OMG COOKIE DID NOT JUST SAY THAT!!! is really all that valuable. The quality responses will be waiting for you when you’re ready. And you can binge them, too.

Darren Franich says:

“Binge,” ugh. What are we, children? Here’s what you do with television: Watch it. Argue about it. Tweet about it. Dream about it. And, yes, wait for it. “Waiting” isn’t hip, they say. People want content, they say, and people want what they want now. They want Netflix, all episodes at once, the model that produced House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Daredevil. All fine shows. None of them could ever have the kind of moment Walking Dead created a couple moments ago: A culture-crashing, internet-breaking cliffhanger, a true shared experience. Walking Dead does that at least twice a year; Shonda Rhimes does it at least once per Thursday. Would we still be talking about “Who Shot JR?” if everyone just clicked forward one episode to find out the answer? 

 

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