This is a fascinating swing of the pendulum. The WSJ has published a piece entitled, "Boredom Enthusiasts Discover the Pleasures of Understimulation:"
To get to the conference, Jo Lee took an hour’s train ride from the seaside town of Brighton. She said it was worth it because her own idea of fun is to take photographs of random marks left on walls and of chewing gum stuck under desks.
"We’re all overstimulated," said Ms. Lee. "I think it’s important to stop all that for a while and see what several hours of being bored really feels like."
She will have her chance again next year, when Mr. Ward plans to play host to Boring 2011. He hopes to include a talk that didn’t make it on the roster this year entitled "The Ease of Extracting Electricity From Municipal Buildings and Beyond: A Comparison."
It’s about electric sockets.
What a strange culture we are.