The aesthetics of binge-watching

The world as will and streams

Contemporary streaming services encourage us to binge-watch. The services automatically ‘play next episode’, and rarely do we have the will to change channel. Under these conditions, our desire for film and television of aesthetic quality is waning. But, through curation, social groups and supporting personal projects, we can fight back against this era of media as a narcotic, writes Matt Strohl.

 

Aesthetic weakness of will is usually thought of as an incongruity between one’s judgment about the quality of an artwork and one’s liking for it. If I think the Twilight movies are bad but I can’t help but like them, that’s supposed to be aesthetic weakness of will. But is liking really a matter of the will? I might be able to take actions meant to diminish my liking for Twilight: carry around a picture of Bella and Edward and look at it every time I feel nauseous, tell everyone I meet that I like Twilight to give them th

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