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Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Sharon Kennedy Wynne

WHAT DO YOU WATCH? How modern TV defines, and divides, us

Watch Party: 'Mad Men' is one of the new "Golden Age" TV shows defining who we are -- and who we want to be.

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Watch Party: 'Mad Men' is one of the new "Golden Age" TV shows defining who we are -- and who we want to be.

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October

Never before in TV history have so many shows — primarily serialized adult dramas, brought to us in diverse, consumable 21st century ways and then recirculated through heated debate and adulation — bewitched so many. When AMC hit The Walking Dead premieres sUNDAY, a renewed frenzy — watching, rewatching, guessing, analyzing, an inescapable barrage — will commence.

Just as it does for Game of Thrones and Homeland and Sons of Anarchy and Boardwalk Empire and Scandal and Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards and True Blood and The Good Wife and American Horror Story and...

What we watch — and how we watch it — is one of the ways we define ourselves in these curious TV times. And what we don't watch also affects our self-regard: as outsiders, as mere others.

WHAT DO YOU WATCH? Or better yet: WHO ARE YOU?

[Last modified: Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:22am]

    

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