Magazine article Insight on the News

Chairmen of the Bored

Magazine article Insight on the News

Chairmen of the Bored

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With the political conventions a predictable snooze, Americans have dozed off. But help is on the way: Scott Schaffer and Myron Orleans, colleagues at the sociology department at California State University at Fullerton, celebrate the tedious on their Website, www.mundanebehavior.org.

Schaffer describes the contents of the online journal as "the kinds of things other people, when they come to this culture, are fascinated by." Interest in the mundane has increased as our culture relaxes in the post-Cold War era, he says. "It has a lot to do with the sense that we can stop and take a breath. We have to figure out where we are and move on from there."

Then there's www.boringinstitute.com, with its "Boring Report," founded by public-relations counselor Alan Caruba of Maplewood, N.J. "It started as a spoof of all the end-of-the-year lists," says Caruba. "I just thought I would make fun of them."

Leading the pack for this year's most boring candidates is the British royal family, specifically Prince William, 18. "All the hype surrounding the young prince will stem from the media's frantic desire to keep you interested in this very boring family," says Caruba. …

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