“It would be churlish not to recognise the politicised minority who are rising up and occupying things, but the overwhelming narrative of recession Britain is one of political quiescence and cultural conservatism. Welcome to the New Boring, of which Downton Abbey and its ancillary industries (dull interviews, dressing gowns, National Trust season tickets, butler-length eyebrow extensions) is the most perfect expression in its conservatism, vapidity and conformism. The New Boring upholds a law announced by French situationist Guy Debord, who very sensibly killed himself in 1994 so there was no chance of him witnessing the Z-listers who have joined Ant and Dec in the jungle. Namely: “Boredom is always counter-revolutionary. Always.”—From Downton Abbey to Kirstie’s crafts … the New Boring is everywhere | Culture | The Guardian
In which I jump to the exaggerated conclusion that, in the future, no news will be worth reporting unless it contains some celebrity involvement. And in which I also dare to criticise Mr Stephen Fry (which probably means that I’ll be banned from the internet forever).