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Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored.

The Boredom Proneness Scale† is the best-known of the various metrics for quantifying one’s propensity to ennui. High-scorers who are ‘understretched, unmotivated and bored in the world of work in the 21st century’ may in danger of ‘boreout[PDF]. While boredom needn’t be perceived in an exclusively negative light (one might imagine a perfect boredom akin to the notion of dolce far niente), ‘boredom [PDF] and boredom proneness […] have been linked to a long list of negative outcomes in adults, including, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and loneliness […], impulsiveness […], elevated rates of alcohol dependence […], negative affect […], pathological gambling […] and higher rates of psychopathology in general.’ Historians of boredom have noted the relatively recent advent [NY TIMES] of the term, coinciding with the onset of the Industrial Revolution, but our more distant ancestors were not free of the related afflictions [PDF] of horror loci, tædium vitæ, acedia, mal du siècle, etc. [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Feb 13, 2013 - 40 comments

 

anomie

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posted by telstar on Nov 27, 2012 - 65 comments

I do not care, and I do not care, and I do not care.

I want to see it all catch fire. I want to pour gasoline in the ducts and light a long fuse, and watch from the street as it burns and burns and burns. A Gizmodo blogger confronts his demons … at CES.
posted by rossmeissl on Jan 11, 2012 - 69 comments

Is South Park done?

Is South Park done? "Trey Parker and Matt Stone are still under contract through 2013—so no, probably not." but the last episode of the first half of the current season, "You're Getting Old" which is available for streaming tomorrow had "a definite note of weariness and finality" [more inside]
posted by morganw on Jul 7, 2011 - 157 comments

Cake and Death

Whisk Kid is the place to be if you like your cake porn with a beautiful twist of bruised melancholy.
posted by Jofus on Feb 10, 2010 - 29 comments

Comics are funny when you change them (sometimes)

Garfield minus Garfield: "Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life?"
posted by SpacemanStix on Feb 26, 2008 - 127 comments

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