‘Public Domain Day’, otherwise known as New Year’s Day , marks the expired copyright on texts entering the public domain. A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to name a few released in 2022. The significance of giving way to creative licence can be seen in the development since The Great Gatsby’s release in the US in 2021, with 34 new print editions published in the past year and the development of a television adaptation by Michael Hirst.
When was the last time you binge-watched a TV show? It feels like just yesterday I woke up at 8 am to watch the third season of Sex Education. 8 long hours later, I felt drained. Was I watching this so quickly because I was engrossed by the Netflix comedy? Or was it the increased FOMO from the memes and Tiktoks sprawled across my social media feed?
When the dulcet tones of Boris Johnson graced our screens in March 2020, we gathered anxiously around the television, waiting for the grim truth that we all knew was coming. Rolling out before us was a weary drain of time – weeks and months of uncertainty, wandering around the same muddy field, dreading the unrelenting enthusiasm of Joe Wicks, glancing at one another as if to say is it too early for a glass of wine?. As doors locked and days opened up, we settled onto our sofas and looked for something to do.
Last month I spent many hours (six, to be precise, though any more than one is concerning) watching YouTuber ‘Mike’s Mic’ rehash the events of Pretty Little Liars, a show I watched over five years ago. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, Pretty Little Liars centres around five teenage girls whose friendship falls apart once the leader of the group, Alison DiLaurentis, goes missing. The girls are brought back together one year later after Alison’s body is found, and they begin receiving texts from an anonymous ‘A’, who threatens to uncover secrets known only to Alison. Mike describes his recap series as ‘appropriately unhinged’, and he’s well within his rights to do so.
We have probably all seen culture secretary Nadine Dorries’ recent car crash interview where she seems as much of a parody as comedian Sooz Kempner’s mocking impression. This follows the seemingly endless flow of memes about this Tory government and the cringeworthy clowns who make up Boris Johnson’s cabinet.