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Mea Culpa: Switch this cliche off and switch it on again

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We rebooted things several times this week, from Doctor Who to the Isle of Wight music festival. The word ought to be banned, except when applied to a computer or phone, when it means switching it off and switching it on again, and is the cure for 95 per cent of all problems.

When Russell T Davies revived Doctor Who, for example, he did not start again with an empty random access memory. He drew on the rich history and mythology of the programme and did something brilliant with it.

And when we said of Top Gear that “it can only endure so many reboots before it is sent to the crusher’s yard”, it was the wrong analogy. Rebooting a computer is a good thing that keeps it in good working order.

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