The Horror of English Humour

English newspapers have a habit of producing rather good TV critics. Clive James, Victor Lewis-Smith and Charlie Brooker have all managed to produce regular columns that balance the odd insight with cruel hilarity, so I was pleased to read Heidi Stephens’ Guardian blog on the bottom-feeding entrants to the Big Brother house, the thing that […]

Guilty Pleasures

We’ve been talking about what the general public chooses to read, see and do (see Simple Dismal comments). It’s incredibly important for anyone working in the public arena to understand that the public does not like what we may like, and to understand why. ‘Popular appeal’ is a phrase that holds a lot of meaning. […]