Monday 21 November 2011
My Predictions for 2012
Columnists will recycle old articles moaning about mobile phones, computers, typewriters, ITV into whinges about Facebook (Why I Don’t Use Facebook, Why I Don’t Let My Daughter Use Facebook, Why I Have Left Facebook, Why I Am Joining Facebook Five Years After Everybody Else, Why Facebook Is Dead).
A television historian will opine that children should learn British history which will make them proud of their country. (Kings and Queens, not social reformers.)
Girls will outdo boys at GCSE. The press will report as if it was a BAD thing.
We’ll be promised a “new ladylike look for autumn” as a corrective to the tarty chav clothes we’ve been wearing all summer.
A politician will suggest restructuring the NHS.
Teenagers will invent their own language incomprehensible to anybody over 20. Adults will predict dire consequences, and several people will say "Language has got to evolve".
Journalists will exclaim over some “new” internet acronym that has been around for decades – and will claim that it’s “youthspeak”.
There will be a nine days’ wonder about the media.
Someone will say that a new film/TV prog/book “Shows that women can be funny after all!”
A school will ban an extreme hairstyle.
The media will tell us that:
Girls grow up too fast these days.
The NHS is failing old people who can’t feed or wash themselves.
There is bullying in care homes for the disabled.
You can cook with flowers.
Welfare money lies unclaimed because people don't know what they're entitled to. If they do know, the claiming procedures are so Kafkaesque they give up.
Police don't interfere in "domestics".
Masculinity is in crisis.
Rape victims should get better treatment.
The January "detox" is just too hard.
Spousal abuse happens in all levels of society.
Fashion houses are making bigger sizes and using larger models.
The pale and interesting look is back – and so are knitting and zeppelins.
People expect too much from marriage (“it’s not happy ever after”).
Internet dating has lost its stigma.
X% of women are wearing the wrong size bra.
It’s OK to be single – and holiday at the seaside.
Predictions for 2011.