I find myself to be a very impatient person so when it comes to Netflix releasing every episode simultaneously, I have nothing to complain about. The number one reason I prefer this method of releasing is because I find it hard to watch an episode of a show and then a week later come back and do the same, the inevitable cliffhangers play a role as well in my discontent with this method. In regards to House of Cards, I felt that binge watching these episodes allowed for a more interactive character development which makes the overall show easier to follow. I think its important to watch this particular show in binge-form because there is so much going with each character that the development of such is important to follow the narrative structure in a linear fashion. Frank Underwood, the main character, is involved with many different groups and people that if one did watch an episode every week, I suspect they would miss out on many important themes and symbols that make the show so great. The thematic elements of the show that evoke binge-watching are apparent from Chapter 1. As Frank and Claire share a cigarette at the end of the episode, they discuss how many nights are like this one where they are making many plans with little sleep. This scene implicates Frank and Claire in a process analogous to binging and acts as a call for psychological preparations. In regards to the theme of addiction, their late night smoking is an ongoing motif throughout the series. In this series, all of our surrogates have an addiction one way or another. Peter Russo is the main character that functions as as spectatorial surrogate. His addictive tendencies lead frank to incorporate him into the main plot, since Frank needs someone he can manipulate. As we watch Peter struggle with his addictions, the narrative positions him as a regular guy. I agree with Casey McCormick in that binge-watching is a productive, and transformative mode of viewing. As mentioned above, I think for this particular show it is important to binge watch so you don’t miss anything. Watching episodes all at once allows the viewer to really develop a sense of the reoccurring themes and symbols that differentiate shows from each other. Moreover, watching these shows at once will allow the viewer to get a better idea of the characters, who are really the ones that make the show. Although I agree with McCormick, I also agree with Snider but see the two perspectives as incomparable. Secluding yourself in any sense can cause loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Netflix just makes it easier to do so. As you get older you will learn that there are countless outlets that you can succumb to that will inevitably make your life more difficult emotionally and physically but its up to you not to fall prey to those vices. Netflix can absolutely be considered a vice to some people so when asked the question: Can binging these shows lead to social ostracization? The answer is yes, but returning back McCormick’s point, this sort of binging can be extremely beneficial if you want to get the full scope of the show that you are watching. So its really comes down to self control. While watching the first season of this series I found that, much like any show, its very easy to put yourself in the characters shoes that you most feel similar too. For example, if someone had a drug problem in the past they might have an emotional tie to Russo; or if a viewer often manipulates people to get what they want they might see themselves similar to Frank. Although the reading did indicate a few spoilers, I am eager to continue watching the show.

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