Sometimes I read the news and I get angry. This evening I read the news and thought that I had to share. From the ABC news:
The author of a musical comedy about the 2006 Beaconsfield mine disaster has made changes to the production following public outrage about the title.
Playwright Dan Ilic earlier said he hoped the production’s original title, Beaconsfield: A Musical in A-Flat Minor, would gain media attention but has since re-named the musical Beaconsfield: The Musical.
I am constantly amazed by humour. People will make jokes about anything, and it can be something that unites us. But when good jokes go bad it can also be something that divides us. For example, I really enjoyed this post, but if you read the comments thread you can soon see that not everyone got the joke. And the joke in the news story, it can be seen as sick and inappropriate and the author sensibly bowed to public pressure and changed the name. Yet it makes me wonder how much of our humour is a coping mechanism in the face of bleakness. Any thoughts?