September 26, 2006

NO "SEEMS" ABOUT IT (via Mike Daley):

Free speech is truth's best hope: Forthrightness requires thick skins, but the benefits are clear and wide-ranging (James Allan, September 26, 2006, The Australian)

Left-wing political parties need to rediscover humour (which at present seems to me to be almost exclusively the preserve of the Right). They need to jettison the reflexive fear of offending sacred cows (could they even say that?) and impinging upon shibboleths. They need to demand thicker skins of their supporters.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2006 11:29 PM

If you hang around a group of people in real life or on the internet who you can make guffaw simply by the mention of the term "Chimpy McBushHitlerBurtonr" or other words to that effect, and can get the same rise out of those people by repeating the same terms over and over while putting your own sacred cows off-limits for lampooning, odds are your sense of humor as far as knowing what normal people might find funny is going to be a wee bit skewered after a short time.

Posted by: John at September 27, 2006 12:44 AM

"Normal People" - John, where the heck (other than here at the bros) are they? Just asking.

Posted by: erp at September 27, 2006 7:22 AM

erp --

They're the ones who don't watch "The Daily Show" obessively and think John Stewart is such a dead-on satirical wit that, in their comedy-fantasy world, he would run for president.

Posted by: John at September 27, 2006 9:27 AM