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Disaster films prepared us for a crisis—but not for the unrelenting boredom

We were expecting fire and brimstone; instead, we got endless discussions about how to work from home. But can the tedium of coronavirus help us picture a better world?

By Caspar Salmon  

Amongst the crisis of coronavirus, many of us have found the tedium challenging. Photo: Prospect composite

Nobody said it would be boring. We were expecting fire and brimstone, the breakdown of civilisation, food wars, and wild-eyed neighbours foaming at the gills. What we got instead was rolling news, lesson plans, celebrity content, cookery tutorials and a Sunday Skype with nan. Looking back now it seems obvious: of course the scything illness, when it came, would take over gradually, becoming a disease of our collective consciousness more than a ravaging…

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