“A box set, for a middle-class person, seems to offer a huge amount more personal – not monetary – value than you get from just watching episodes on television as and when they come on,” adds [Maddie] Yorke. [Who she? Dunno] “That maximises the sensation of being defined by, or gathering some sort of self-worth from, a television show that you love.”Hey I admit it. I'm an addict. Off to Spain tomorrow with the final series of Spooks and the first series of Game of Thrones. (Spiral 1, 2 and 3, doncha know, is so last year ...)
A box set – the right box set – is more than a few hours’ entertainment. It is a symbol of our values, a totem of our class and, at best, a subtle form of one-upmanship.
19 March 2012
Quote of the day
The Telegraph analyses the lure of a box set: