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Birth of the Binge: Serial TV, Digital Accumulation and Distracted Audiences with Dennis Broe

Fri, October 12 @ 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

The Brooklyn Commons

388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Website: thecom​mons​brook​lyn​.org

$6 — $15

Den­nis Broe’s new book Birth of the Binge: Ser­i­al TV and The End of Leisure is an attempt to alter the way ser­i­al tele­vi­sion is seen by, rather than start­ing with the shows them­selves or with ser­i­al fan­dom, first inte­grat­ing the form, which began at the open­ing of the neolib­er­al era in the ear­ly 1980s, into ongo­ing process­es of the dig­i­tal econ­o­my. The book views Ser­i­al Tele­vi­sion as a part of what Bernard Stiegler terms hyper­indus­tri­al­ism, see­ing the form and the deliv­ery sys­tem which is part of its devel­op­ment as adapt­ing itself to more har­ried work­ers on the go and uti­liz­ing both tech­no­log­i­cal and nar­ra­tive devices which fos­ter addic­tive view­ing and par­tic­i­pate in the val­i­da­tion of a new cor­po­rate autis­tic personality.

Stream­ing tele­vi­sion is seen not as a rev­o­lu­tion­ary break, as many media crit­ics describe it, but as a con­tin­u­a­tion, often by the same multi­na­tion­als, of the old net­work process­es in dif­fer­ent and some­times more preda­to­ry forms. The form has also spawned series that cri­tique both this process and the offline means of extrac­tion that are grow­ing more and more deadly.

Broe’s talk on the book will also encom­pass new devel­op­ments in resis­tant cin­e­ma, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the case of Ital­ian cin­e­ma which, like ser­i­al tele­vi­sion series, oper­ates in a con­strained and dan­ger­ous atmos­phere in truthtelling and which must then find ever more inge­nious ways of deni­a­bil­i­ty of the truth it is unfold­ing. This will be dis­cussed in the con­text of the “Yel­low-Green” coali­tion of the far-right League and the Pop­ulist Five Star Parties.

Den­nis Broe, who has taught in the Tele­vi­sion Stud­ies Master’s Pro­gram at the Sor­bonne, is also the author of Mav­er­ick: Or How the West Was Lost; Class Crime and Inter­na­tion­al Film Noir: Glob­al­iz­ing America’s Dark Art; Film Noir, Amer­i­can Work­ers and Post­war Hol­ly­wood and Cold War Expres­sion­ism: Per­vert­ing the Pol­i­tics of Per­cep­tion. His tele­vi­sion series: TV on TV is on Art Dis­trict TV in Paris and he is a crit­ic for Arts Express on the Paci­fi­ca Radio Network.

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