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Shame on you all! Shame Shame Shame! [Feb. 4th, 2004|02:35 pm]
Miss Von Trapp
*weeping for the state of the nation*

Brent is better known than Wilde

The babblings of television's "chilled-out entertainer" David Brent are better known than quotes from the giants of English literature, according to a new survey.

Figures showed 34% of 25- to 44-year-olds remembered the moment in BBC sitcom, The Office, when fictional manager Brent said: "Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue."

But just 9% of the same age group remembered the searing satire of Oscar Wilde when he remarked: "I can resist everything except temptation."

Interviewers found 71% of that age group knew Star Wars evil overlord, Darth Vader, said: "If only you knew the power of the dark side".

But 90% did not know that the Shakespearean quote "now is the winter of our discontent" was from Richard III.

Some thought that in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, "Friends, Romans and Countrymen" were asked to lend 'swords' or 'money' rather than 'ears'.

Source: AO-Hell Entertainment News.

[User Picture]From: vimster
2004-02-04 07:20 am (UTC)
Well I'm not that surpised really. I mean, David Brent is on the telly every five minutes on UK Gold and BBC2 etc, Ricky Gervais was only on the telly last week getting some award. Yet you have to seek out and work at Wilde and Shaky (as his friends called him, I like to think). So really I can't see what the fuss is about: young people know more about the telly than books. I'm not saying that's a good thing, it's just bleh.
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[User Picture]From: wickedmizeri
2004-02-04 10:52 am (UTC)
truly sad
I'm sure similar results would be found here...for example, Jay Leno vs. Mark Twain
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From: sirmankey
2004-02-04 11:34 am (UTC)
I don't really see what the big deal is. Television is one of the main mediums of information of our time so it seems natural that people would be more likely to know quotes from it rather than great pieces of literature. I don't think it suggests anything about the type of person, just what they are exposed to. At the end of the day, recognising one quote and not another probably amounts to very little about the character of the person in question.
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From: wingsfromashes
2004-02-04 07:21 pm (UTC)
You can go ahead and poke fun at me too, cos I thought the winter of our discontent thing was from Dickens.

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