22.11.11

The New Boring

I read this article yesterday and it got me annoyed.
It's written by a journalist from the Guardian who moans for 2000 words about how dull British Society has become in recent years. According to him "beige dressing gowns, sensible shoes and novelty jumpers" are in; in other words, we're enjoying Downtown Abbey, crafting, baking and knitwear. Welcome to the New Boring. Apparently.
Now, to be totally honest trends in society bemuse me. I find it fascinating how things go in and out of fashion.
I'm up there with the rest of the people who have enjoyed festooning their houses with cute vintage finds and drooled through the window at beautiful Cath Kidson florals recently, but what has made us suddenly start clamoring for items that a few years ago we wouldn't have looked twice at in our old Granny's house?
 
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I have always been on the side of 'boring', even before it became popular. I've always loved cooking and baking, I've tried my hand at various crafts and we had a beautiful hand-made quilt on our bed long before they were the in-thing.
Maybe this is the reason that I'm genuinely confused by this article...why am I boring just because I like baking?! I bet he wouldn't be complaining if he was eating one of my home-made cakes opposed to a dry shop-bought offering. But then again maybe he only eats Sushi?
In regards to a certain crafting show the journalist mocks "as the nights draw in, as recession bites, let's do all those boring crafts that we would have disdained in happier times. Let's get busy with our darning needles rather than revolting against those, including [Kirsty Allsopp], who are cashing in on people's anxiety about money to bore us more."

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Maybe there are sinister political undercurrents that I'm missing in my naivety, but I think if the new trends are boring then fine, let's be dull.
I know the journalist would call me conservative but I'd much prefer to have the nation brought together by a program like Downtown Abbey which is family friendly and full of talented actors rather than slobbering over the latest 'celebrities' who bare all for their fifteen minutes of fame.
I'd rather have people experimenting in the kitchen and being inspired by craft shows or the Great British Bake-off rather than grabbing pre-made junk from supermarkets, and I'd rather have people learning real skills than sitting around bored.
The writer even slates sports as being deadly dull; apparently there is nothing more boring than the Olympics. I'm wondering what he does consider interesting. I'm not the greatest sports fan, but surely anyone can see it's better for a country {and even the world} to unite over something wholesome rather than watch the streets burn as hundreds of people turn out and riot?
If you don't like crafting, cupcakes, brogues and the National Trust then fine, don't get involved. But please don't slate people who are trying to enjoy the simpler things in life. I think it can only be a good thing if people are trying to cut back on excess, save money and learn some new skills.
Stop moaning. Quite frankly, it's boring.
Quick Questions
1. Do you think society has got more boring recently?
2. For our readers from outside the UK - have you noticed similar trends where you live?

6 comments:

  1. I love this post, Rachel.
    I couldn't agree more with you.
    In Spain, we don't have those trends. Despite the economic situation, people go out almost every day, and young people go to parties and spend Friday evenings shopping. Alcohol, drugs, music, fast food... Ugh. Maybe that's interesting for the author of that article!
    I'm more like you, I like the same kind of things as you. I guess I'm conservative too.
    I love baking, reading, crafting and learning new skills.
    Maybe I'm boring, but I'm happy because I can do the things I enjoy.

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  2. Bravo! I do not understand why some people get so annoyed by other people crafting or homemaking. I have read plenty of similar articles. I find people who slag other people of for what they love quite boring, actually.

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  3. Huh, it kind of sounds like he thinks everything is boring! And I don't know - I knit and bake too. I don't think it's boring . . . and I have noticed more of a trend toward DIY lately, but then again, maybe it just seems that way because I'm getting more into it myself!

    What would he consider to be non-boring, anyway?

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  4. I agree with you Rach. I wish I had more time for creative things but I still snatch time for painting, drawing and reading. Having hobbies is so important and healthy. It stimulates your mind, helps stop you over thinking and also gives you a great sense of achievement. I think whoever thinks that is boring needs to get out more!

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  5. We aren't to conform to this world anyway...we're to be DIFFERENT. I don't think baking, DIYing and saving money in any way you can is too different, but if it's against the mainstream, then I'll probably feel better about doing that than anything else. I didn't read the article, just your post, but I think the man is spouting complete rubbish. In the US, I'm not sure if it's just the people I surround myself with, but I'm finding the trend to stay home and save money and DIY if you can becoming very popular. I also find that among my Christian friends, the theme Living Off the Land keeps coming up more often. We need to get ourselves disconnected from the government as much as we can if we plan to survive whatever is in store for our futures. I can't help but think that it's gonna get pretty bad. (and we're not living off the land yet, but we're dreaming about it)

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  6. i am all about the simpler things, always have been. i'm sure sociologists are having their say at this, and perhaps even analyzing it & saying that it is because of economic times. all i know is that i've always been like this and it's nice to have others join in!
    happy baking, crafting and thrifting, i say!
    xoxo
    andee

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