So, Big Brother, that abomination of 'popular' culture is over for another year. By and large it's passed me by, Channel 4 and related channels become so devoted to the programme that it has virtually nothing else worth watching, so I forget all about the channels until the autumn. With the exception of 'The West Wing' (which is now over, and I'm now eagerly awaiting both Studio 60 and my West Wing season 7 DVD).
In addition, as I don't read the tabloids, the whole phenomenon has largely passed me by. Bliss. Occasionally there has been a headline spotted in a newsagent, or on the BBC News website (why?) but for the most part, blissful ignorance.
I can't think of a single worse piece of television than watching a bunch of housebound nobodies getting bored at each other...
Despite knowing basically nothing about it this year, I was aware that it was going on through these peripheral glimpses - and the whole phenomenon seemed to go on for longer this year. Did they have double the people, or simply was the coverage that I caught in my peripheral vision simply that much more tiresome?
No, on second thoughts, please don't give me details.
Why am I mentioning it at all, in that case?
Well, I was browsing the BBC news website and came across this gem in a talkback on the programme of brain-death:
"For every fan there must be ten people who think it's like watching paint dry."
Jim - I've spent the last 2 months in a research lab and haven't watched a single episode of Big Brother. I am, however, studying the evaporation of dyed liquids. I can honestly say that the drying of paint is a much more fascinating and beautiful process than Big Brother ever will be.
It would probably also get more viewers.