boredom

(redirected from Boredoms)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
James Harthouse, with a discreet use of his blue coaching, came off triumphantly, though with a considerable accession of boredom.
My Lady, whose chronic malady of boredom has been sadly aggravated by Volumnia this evening, glances wearily towards the candlesticks and heaves a noiseless sigh.
For protection against boredom, Helen put a book of memoirs beneath her arm, and Mrs.
Despite the trouble with defining boredom as a concept, it is possible to differentiate between types of boredom by establishing a range including what might be called "common boredoms" (such as waiting for a train or bus); more "complex" forms, such as the boredom of modern life (the dead-end career or endless commodity consumption); existential ennui (contemplating the meaninglessness of existence); and lastly, perhaps even some forms of depression.
The anonymous narrator who recounts his dream in [section]23 brings all three of these "boredoms" together in detailing his nightmarish vision of an office in which he sees "rows of foreshortened faces" bent over their desks hard at work, while "[a]t the edges were office workers bustling at the endless small tasks involved in mailing, filing, sorting, their faces blankly avid" (253).
A host of questions follows from this statement, such as: what does it actually mean to write about boredom? What does Wallace mean by "boredom"?
It may seem like a simple task to define boredom, but it is actually a rather complicated one.
These theorists, moreover, are keen to underscore the specificity, linguistically and historically, of boredom's many forms.
Boredom has come to occupy a central, and yet vexed position within twenty-first century cultural life.
Like many other forms of entertainment media in the twenty-first century, these sites discursively construct boredom as an unwanted experience that can be chased away through networked modes of communication.
This article will consider how boredom is routinely monitored, modulated and produced in a digital network culture, by focusing on the extremely popular 'What to do When You're Bored' sub-genre of YouTube videos, which are produced by young female YouTubers for an audience of mainly teenage girls.
'NO ONE IS BORED, EVERYTHING IS BORING': BOREDOM AND THE ATTENTION ECONOMY OF TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY MEDIA