Yeah, I definitely don't think the article got everything right, but I do think it's a nice jumping-off point for discussion, because of the questions it raises and the connections it makes. In particular, I'm interested in the relationship between genre and bingeability. I've binge-watched sitcoms before, but it's a very different than binge-watching a thriller. With the former I'm looking to have a fun time and just sort of chill with it, whereas with thrillers there's that intense sense of NEEDING to watch the next episode.
@mathans: There are a number of reasons why someone might binge through a show, and it's not always due to an emotional response. But I think, if you're binging a show in order to talk about it w/ friends (or to write a column about it), the show has still done something interesting -- something worth examining. You know, there's something about the show that makes people want to talk about it. Something about the show that lets it reach that pop cultural boiling point that we saw Game of Thrones achieve.
@LEErickson: I think you're right about the trickiness of linking binge-ability and setting. To a certain extent, I think one of the appeals of binging is immersion in the world. But getting to that point of immersion usually happens because of the plot mechanics a work of fiction uses. Talking about sitcoms vs thrillers makes sense. Sure, not all thrillers are the same and not all sitcoms are the same. But their emotional goals and tropes are similar enough to merit comparison.
You can have a sci-fi thriller or a sci-fi comedy. You can have something densely philosophical or dumb-as-hell. So the genres that don't seek to evoke particular emotional reactions aren't as useful for examination.
Take Daredevil, for instance. I imagine the bingeability of Supergirl, Daredevil, and The Arrow are all pretty different. And yet the article's infographic -- The Netflix Binge Scale -- acts as if Daredevil represents all superhero dramas. It doesn't, really.
I'm much more interested in the emotional triggers that lead someone to binge or not-binge. As well, I'm curious how world building impacts bingeability.