Helen Lewis is a fantastic writer, and this piece on Lena Dunham is brilliant on the media and celebrity as public performance. This was the key paragraph for me:
As with Mad Men before it, Girls holds an importance for columnists and writers of trend pieces which far outstrips its reach. The third-series premiere in January was watched by 1.1 million viewers in America. (To put that in perspective, the Christmas special of the BBC?s cross-dressing Irish sitcom Mrs Brown?s Boys was watched by 9.4 million. And when did you ever read a think-piece about Mrs Brown?s Boys?)
When did you last read a think-piece on Mrs Brown’s Boys? And isn’t the absence of such things a telling error of the middle-class-captured-media?