Boredom Is Not What It Used to Be: Douglas Coupland

by Christian Parreno

I think boredom has to be some sort of natural selection process.


Boredom is different than it used to be. I actually used to like being bored: walking down a street, not connected to anything, not speaking to anyone, wondering what lies behind those trees or shop fronts or clouds. Similar behaviour these days would have the cops pulling over and questioning me and, quite frankly, they’d be well justified in doing so. Who do I think I am, then? Aren’t you special? Taking a stroll without interruptions, just looking at the scenery. We like ourselves, don’t we?

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Douglas Coupland. ‘Got a Life’ in FT Weekend Magazine. May 9, 2015. 25