Epilogue: Knowing when to quit pop culture

After last night’s “Game of Thrones” episode, I heard from a number of readers who said that if Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) dies, they are done with the show. For me as a reader, the much bigger risk is that, as the show gets ahead of the novels on which they’re based, I will not necessarily know when I have to look away from the screen or risk a week’s-worth of nightmares. These worries (and they are just worries; I am not leaving “Game of Thrones” behind) inspire tonight’s question: What makes you quit a piece of pop culture? And how do you know when it is time to go?

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado in this file photo taken July 23, 2008. Amazon.com Inc reported a 32-percent jump in first-quarter net income on April 24, 2014 as the largest U.S. online retailer's revenue rose a better-than-expected 23 percent. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
You’ve got a package. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

• David Carr on the Amazon-Hachette dispute and the future of publishing and book sales (Disclosure: Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, owns The Post).

• I will be so tremendously sad if “Snowpiercer” is no good.

• How do we define “broadband”? Also, John Oliver on net neutrality.

• NBC is going to make a lot of money on the Super Bowl.

• In pop culture, intentions are not the same thing as execution.

• Maya Angelou’s passion for food.

• Vulture wants to know which show that gets no critical love makes your favorites list.

• A great look at Gordon Willis’s cinematography:

 

Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post's Opinions section.
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