Binge TV

The Rise and Impact of the Viewing Revolution

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About the Book

For the first 70 years of television, broadcasters dictated the terms of the viewing experience, deciding not only when but how much of a program an audience could watch. Binge-watching destroyed that model by placing control of the experience in the hands of the viewer.
In this book, media scholar Emil Steiner chronicles the technological and cultural struggle between broadcasters and viewers, which reached a climax in the early 2010s with the emergence of streaming video platforms. Through extensive interviews and archival research, this groundbreaking project traces the history of binge-watching from its idiot box roots to the new normal of Peak TV. Along the way, Steiner exposes the news campaigns waged by disruptive technology companies that exploited a long-simmering, revolutionary narrative of viewer empowerment to take over the broadcast industry. Binge-watching, an individual’s act of gaining control and losing control through the remote control, exposed a debate that had been raging since the first TV set was turned on—one that asks, “Who controls the story?”

About the Author(s)

Emil Steiner is an assistant professor of journalism and sports media at Rowan University, where he researches the intersection of popular culture and technology. Prior to joining the academy he was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post and a member of the newsroom awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.

Bibliographic Details

Emil Steiner
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8407-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4749-4
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“An outstanding cultural, social, and technical history of television and its viewing practices.”—Lothar Mikos, professor of television studies, Filmuniversität Babelsberg