From the moment the "Lost" finale ended, the Internet was ablaze with commentary, analysis, ranting and raving about the merits of the epic series closer.
The explosion of chatter on blogs and Websites -- which probably put a big dent in U.S. worker productivity rates on Monday -- underscored the instrumental role that "Lost" has played in driving the growth of the TV-centric blogosphere.
With its sprawling storylines, ongoing mysteries and large ensemble of characters, "Lost" was tailor-made for the kind of fanatical blogging and episode-parsing that is now the norm for many shows of all genres, from "Mad Men" to "Jersey Shore." With its debut in
Web-based commentary and coverage of "Lost" quickly became a cottage industry for mainstream media players --
By midday Monday,
"This was the right show at the right time," said
The ability for viewers to opine, discuss and debate the show in real time with other "Lost" nuts helped deepen the level of interest and engagement of the hard-core fan base -- something no amount of
"This show was the catalyst in making the use of technology and social networking the norm" for TV shows, Benson said. "It forced you to ask questions about the mythology and about the characters. And the technology allowed them to talk about it together...What 'Lost' did was show us that TV can be about having this whole multiplatform experience. What it shows is not only the true power of broadcast TV but the power of online and digital (media) to work in synergy."
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