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The social apocalypse plunges deeper: talking at gigs has now infected the Fringe

Worse than heckling, which can be tackled head-on and nipped in the bud by your confident comics, is a quieter but no less annoying habit which is more difficult for the artist to address or, at times, even notice: the fucking act of fucking chatting during the fucking performance. As The Quietus and others have reported over the last couple of years, talking at gigs seems to be on the rise because of selfie culture or bad parenting or the creeping empathy-extinguishing epidemic of right-wing attitudes or the fact that the yoof fink it dope to play their toons thru their tiny, tinny phone speakers at full volume on trains while munching a Subway sandwich more obscene in odour than the Quiet Coach toilet cubicle that their mate just threw up in or the death of libraries or whatever the hell is causing it.

JR Moores

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Offensive Schnippits

I find it incredibly worrying that we no longer need to hear the actual content of the thing we’re told to be offended by. We hear of people being arrested for tweets without the tweet being reported; comics are blasted for routines that aren’t printed; newspapers hire lip-readers to find something to get offended by at the tennis and then print the resulting fuckfest as asterisks. And who decides whether we should be outraged at something we haven’t seen or heard? The press. Our seething collective Id. None of us would trust a journalist to hold our pint while we went to the bathroom, yet we allow them to be ethical arbiters for the entire culture.

Frankie Boyle

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Magick Schnippits

You’ve described English Heritage as your nemesis. Why?

It isn’t so much a dislike of them, as the way people seem to lose the ability to creatively engage with history and their surroundings as they get older. Whereas children tend to engage in imaginative play wandering around these historical sites, adults are usually happy to be led by the guide book before ending up at the gift shop.

Andy Sharp (English Heretic)

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