So how excited are you about the final season of Breaking Bad? Yeah, us, too! I wonder... Wait. John Jurgensen would ask that we stop ourselves right there. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, he bemoans a current reality in which we just can't stop talking about TV. To society's credit, the shows have gotten quite good since we met Tony Soprano in 1999. But the lazy-couch-potato stigma is gone; now, "a few knowing remarks about House of Cards can confer gravitas." And the result is that conversations about TV are all but inescapable.
He points out that the Journal itself eagerly dissects Mad Men each week (in an online discussion led by "a law professor and Supreme Court advocate"). Some are equally annoyed; Jurgensen spoke with a New York art adviser who quipped, "I begrudgingly read Plutarch for college, and I begrudgingly watched Girls to know what all the fuss was about. But I don't want to talk about Plutarch, and I don't want to talk about Girls." Others share what some might consider a form of torture: Parties spent analyzing House of Cards' use of the "Brechtian strategy"—this from a 19th-century French art history expert who acknowledged that her group would never have admitted to watching TV a decade ago. Jurgensen, for one, is burnt out. His plea: "Can we please stop talking about TV?" Click for his full column. (Read more television stories.)