Bootleg TV: On Internet, Fans Recut Favorite Series

June 7, 2013 10:31 PM

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Bootleg TV: On Internet, Fans Recut Favorite Series

Binge viewing isn’t new, but what Mr. Gilleand did next is, signaling a new wrinkle in the increasingly interactive experience of watching television: he uploaded the episodes to his computer and re-edited the series, unpacking the show’s original nesting-doll narrative and presenting it in chronological order. Then he posted links to his edited episodes on Reddit, a social media and entertainment site.

In the same spirit, within hours of last Sunday’s episode of the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” fans had re-edited versions of one particularly blood-soaked scene, setting it to pop music and punching it up with cartoon sound effects before posting their new versions on YouTube.

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