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Binge-Watching by Helen Chappell

I am a serious student of television. A lot of times I turn it on and ignore it. It’s white noise in the background that allows my conscious mind to focus on writing, or reading, or doing the dishes, or brushing the cat, or whatever. I’m aware it’s there, and it takes less effort than music or NPR. In fact, from where I type, I can’t really even see the TV, unless I crane my neck. But I can listen to it and sort

of follow along, which is okay, because I can get the gist of what’s going on, and if it’s really interesting, I can twist around and watch it. I have friends who think television is The Great Satan. Some of them don’t even have an idiot box, and for some reason they’re proud of this, as if it makes them better human beings if they never watched The Sopranos, or caught an episode of, say, Modern Fam-

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April 2016 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times April 2016

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