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Against “performative abstinence”: why no-one cares that you haven’t watched Game of Thrones

Stop bragging that you haven't engaged with whatever TV show is popular right now—pop culture snobbery does no-one any favours

By Darran Anderson  

Refusing to engage with mass-produced popualar culture might feel virtuous—but often, it actually means missing out.

A decade before he vanished, heading off in the direction of the Mexican Revolution at the age of 72, the American writer Ambrose Bierce compiled his satirical book The Devil’s Dictionary. Full of his acerbic humour, the collection attacked all manner of ignorance, hypocrisy and righteousness via alternative definitions for words. For instance: “ABSTAINER, n. A weak person who yields to the…

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