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Simpsons World Review
Besides bringing in viewers, bingeing helped elevate TV’s cultural status, by underscoring its similarity to the novel. If the original airing of The Wire, week by week, recalled Dickens’ publishing serial novels in English newspapers, bingeing it several episodes at a time allowed you to go through it the way we read Dickens now.

But that’s not the only kind of expansive storytelling that TV’s open-endedness makes possible. Sitcoms, in particular, don’t generally drive in a straight line from a beginning to an end–not even, necessarily, more serial recent ones like The Office. Comedies, like The Simpsons, create immersive worlds rather than propulsive narratives. You can certainly binge a sitcom as much as you can a drama–Netflix, for instance, is counting on you to do that in the new year with Friends. But you don’t need, or necessarily even want, to do it in a particular order.

If a serial drama creates its effects by driving forward along a track, like a train, something like The Simpsons expands outward, like a cloud, or maybe a spiral galaxy extending from a center. You can live inside it, jumping from point to point, discovering new corners or echoing themes, skipping from season 2 to season 23 as if through a space-time wormhole.
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october 2014 by aries1988
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如果有个水平比你更高的人恰巧看到甚至跟踪了你的所有电子足迹,对你的生活事无巨细地尽览眼底,他必将比你更了解真实的你自己。老于世故者只需要30秒就能对刚刚见到的人做出判断,因为他从无数细节——表情、谈吐、眼神、着装、姿势——获得信息,然后通过自己的经验快速处理这些信息并做出判断。记住,判断始终与信息紧密相关,而Facebook和Twitter正是把一个人的全部信息记录并释放的工具。
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