‘Must-Watch’ TV and immaterial labor

Sure, we’ve all bought into the ‘New Golden Age of TV’ rhetoric that has come to surround the past 15 years of prestige drama, esp. on premium cable channels like HBO. Yet television, which in my experience at least was mostly associated with leisure and relaxation, has never felt so much like work. Keeping up with all the shows your friends, colleagues, and social media assure you is ‘unmissable’ has become very close to a full-time job, especially when you include all the great writing that’s being done on the topic. Besides forming a kind of renaissance of artistic production, our TV landscape more than anything else expresses the logic of immaterial labor and ubiquitous biopolitics, forming a most enjoyable distraction from the material reality of crisis capitalism.

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