Today is Guinness World Records day. Yes, those fine people who bring you
One area in which we really aren’t playing the game when it comes to building social cohesion, according to the British Film Institute which commissioned a hugely important and magnificently costly survey, is in our television viewing habits. It does seem that if we are given the opportunity to watch hundreds of different channels, some of us will actually do that which means that we are not all watching the same thing. The areas around water coolers are virtual ghost towns now as workers log onto message boards discussing the arrival of conjoined twins in a Brazilian soap or a controversial adjudication in Strip Poker for Stay At Home Dads rather than engage in heated debate about the equalities impact of Pat Wicks’s violet eye shadow.
that these groups are often "distanced from national television culture" and have a "lack of interest in television programmes with strongly white, middle
Well if this isn’t cause for national mourning, I don’t know what is. What can we do to motivate ethnic minorities to find the old tat that ITV drags from decade to decade more agreeable? Perhaps a Guinness World Record attempt might help. I know – let there be a mass wedding on both Corry and Frosty. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon could be called in to officiate, ably assisted by the also Reverend L Ron Hubbard (Equity rules permitting). Anyone who would like to participate in these mass weddings should make their intentions known via the comments facility on this blog. It will work, I known it will…
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