This edited volume focuses on the new cultural phenomenon of binge media and the concomitant patterns of consumption--the viewing of or listening to a series of episodes in rapid succession. With the rise of streaming digital media such as podcasts, aggregated TV series, and other immersive media forms, new textualities and temporalities shape popular narrative forms. Self-directed consumption of digital media series means that audiences are dispersed, as viewing and listening become compressed or extended according to personal choice. The textual artifact is reconstituted through the erasure or alteration of the temporal gaps between weekly installments, and, most notably, by the compression or disappearance of commercial interruptions. The traces that remain of the absent ads in the form of brief blank spaces in the digital stream make more visible the tropes and formulaic structure of the traditional media text. Similarly, original programming designed for bingeing such as the Netflix series House of Cards or NPR’s Serial diminish traditional advertising interruptions in programs yet adhere to several standard tropes of commercialized serial narration. How is serialized narrative reconstituted in the age of bingeing?
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