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【BBC】连续“刷剧”成为现代人新瘾

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发表于 2017-9-12 15:16:34 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
BBC Learning English 英语教学

Is binge-watching the new addiction? 连续“刷剧”成为现代人新瘾

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你有没有过一次连看两集电视剧的经历?研究显示,很多人都这样做过。随着网络媒体的更新和发展,我们不再需要每周苦苦地坐在电视机前等待连续剧一集一集地播出,而是可以按自己的需求“刷剧”。这种强迫性的行为正变得越来越普遍,甚至有可能令我们上瘾。跟随《随身英语》了解连续看电视剧给现代人的生活造成的影响。

课文内容

Vocabulary: binge-watching 词汇: 连续看剧

Have you ever loved a TV show? I mean really loved it? Like, you can’t wait to get to work to talk about it loved it? What about the cliffhanger? That’s the unresolved situation at the end of the episode which makes you want to watch the next one. But, when will the next one be?

In the past, viewers had to wait up to a week for the next episode of their favourite shows. What agony! But, that’s not the case any more. And hand in hand with that comes a, possibly dangerous, growing social trend. We speak of binge-watching.

Binge-watching is when a person watches more than one episode of a show in quick succession. With developments in the speed and connectivity of the internet, increases in technology and the rise of on-demand entertainment companies, people can now have their favourite shows streamed directly to their television at their convenience.

This behaviour is nothing new. In fact, ‘binge-watching’ has been officially listed in dictionaries since 2015. The entertainment companies recognise this behaviour and many take steps to encourage it. Often, instead of releasing each episode on a week-by-week basis, an entire series will become available concurrently. Once the episode finishes, many platforms will display pop-ups with ‘you might like’ suggestions, or will automatically play the next episode.

However, this wondrous gift may in fact be a poisoned chalice. Recent research from British media watchdog Ofcom suggests that this behaviour may have become a hindrance. Out of the more than half of British adults who watch more than one episode of a show back-to-back, almost a third have admitted missing sleep or becoming tired as a result; and one quarter have neglected their household chores. Next we'll be missing work!

Bingeing has other connections – binge eating, binge drinking and binge smoking. All of which are often associated with compulsive behaviour, a lack of control and a possible route to addiction. Lindsey Fussell, consumer group director at Ofcom, said: "The days of waiting a week for the next episode are largely gone, with people finding it hard to resist watching multiple episodes around the house or on the move.” If people find binge-watching hard to resist, coupled with the fact that it has shown to lead to negligence in many, are we witnessing the birth of a new type of addiction?

The myriad of information and entertainment that television and online media can bring us is, many would say, a good thing. It offers us opportunities to better understand the world we live in, educate ourselves and enjoy much needed downtime. However, like any behaviour done to excess, it can become dangerous. And when the activity begins to bleed into other areas, causing us to stop functioning – then it becomes a problem. So, what’s the answer? Moderation! Neither a tiny amount, nor too much. After all, as the old proverb says… a little of what you fancy does you good.

词汇表

cliffhanger (故事)悬念,扣人心弦的部分
agony 煎熬、痛苦
binge-watching 无节制地、连续地看电视剧
in quick succession 紧接着,接连不断地
on-demand 按需提供服务的
streamed 可供在线收看
encourage 激励、促使(行为)
concurrently 同时地
pop-up 弹出式窗口
wondrous 绝妙的,美好的
poisoned chalice “金盏毒酒”,指外表诱人实则有害的事物
watchdog 监督机构
hindrance 妨碍,阻碍
back-to-back 一集接一集地
neglected 疏忽了,忘记做了
compulsive 强迫性的
resist 忍住,抗拒
negligence 疏忽(名词)
myriad 数不胜数,无数
excess 太多,过度
bleed 波及,干扰
moderation 节制、适度

测验与练习

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Why can people now have television shows streamed into their TV?

2. How do entertainment companies encourage binge-watching?

3. How many of the people in Ofcom’s study have admitted losing sleep due to binge-watching?

4. In the article, which word means ‘time to relax’?

5. True or false: People find it easy to just watch one episode of a show at a time.

2. 请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处

1. The boxer delivered a series of punches ______, knocking out his opponent.

agony on-demand moderation in quick succession

2. There are a ______ of hotels in the city centre. You can find one easily.

hindrance concurrently myriad excess

3. Not speaking a second language has been a ______ whenever I go abroad.

poisoned chalice agony on-demand hindrance

4. Be careful of Jim. He’s a nice guy, but a ______ liar. You can’t believe a word he says.

watchdog compulsive neglected moderation

5. My father worked long hours when I was a child. I knew he loved me, but I always felt somewhat ______ because I never saw him.

neglected wondrous resist agony

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. Why can people now have television shows streamed into their television?
Developments in the speed and connectivity of the internet, increases in technology and the rise of on-demand entertainment companies.

2. How do entertainment companies encourage binge-watching?
Instead of releasing each episode on a week-by-week basis, an entire series will become available concurrently. Many platforms will display pop-ups with ‘you might like’ suggestions, or will automatically play the next episode.

3. How many of the people in Ofcom’s study have admitted losing sleep due to binge-watching?
A third have admitted missing sleep

4. In the article, which word means ‘time to relax’?
Downtime

5. True or false: People find it easy to just watch one episode of a show at a time.
False. “People finding it hard to resist watching multiple episodes around the house or on the move”

2. 请在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处

1. The boxer delivered a series of punches in quick succession, knocking out his opponent.

2. There are a myriad of hotels in the city centre. You can find one easily.

3. Not speaking a second language has been a hindrance whenever I go abroad.

4. Be careful of Jim. He’s a nice guy, but a compulsive liar. You can’t believe a word he says.

5. My father worked long hours when I was a child. I knew he loved me, but I always felt somewhat neglected because I never saw him.

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