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In Praise of Tedium

Why does everything have to be so interesting all the time? Here is my attempt to balance the scales by producing something incredibly boring.

Called ‘Travelling on an up escalator’, this video breaks every rule in the book and has little to commend it from an aesthetic point of view.

However, in a strange sort of way, my attempt to produce a very boring video has been unsuccessful because it is interesting to discuss why it is boring. Or even if it is boring: there are other videos on YouTube on the subject of escalators. How strange.

There is a serious side to all this. For a long time now I have carried a camera with me everywhere in order to be able to take pictures  with which to illustrate my articles. However, video is potentially more interesting, so I have just started taking a Flip video recorder with me sometimes instead.

I don’t know how well this will work out. I don’t wish to spend more than a few minutes adding a title and some credits, and uploading a video. I don’t have the time or inclination to do lots of editing. What I would like to do, over time, is build up a library of video clips for all occasions.

But I digress. Here is the video: 

Related reading:

Going Underground

This article is an amended version of one first published on 16th May 2009 under the title "Boring Media".

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(c) Terry Freedman