by Sven Triloqvist
a. A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
b. The genre made up of such works.
1. A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.
2. Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
3. The art of composing or performing comedy.
4. A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.
5. A humorous occurrence.
And while I might not agree 100% with the following:
There are various types of comedy, including:
I agree with Koestler's analysis, in the Act of Creation, that a joke involves two or more logic worlds colliding in the mind of the audience. Each world can be true and the context can be sketched in. But put together these worlds are not part of a logical continuum. The mind oscillates between two or more stereotypical `solutions', finds it cannot form them into a cohesive whole, and reacts to that discovery in various ways up to and including hysteria.
Comedy is an art, not a science, because it's about perceptions.
Koestler goes further in calling the joke a primitive dramatic structure that can be applied to all art (though more complex collision-wise). The sensation of insight comes from the dynamic of the experience of the audience colliding with the experience of the artist. Laughter, euphoria, transportation, inspiration can be the result of such insight.
The point of this diary is to discuss the role of comedy in the process of social change. I believe ridicule is one of the key weapons in 'talking to power' and changing power. Precisely because power is almost always humourless.
The diary is an extension of some minor points made in 'Feeble Democratic Secularism'. I believe it is an area worthy of discussion (without the endless tantrumic dialogue) because the Jester - the licensed purveyor of 'truth' to power - has a vital role in our society, not only in changing the worldview of the elite, but also in changing the worldview of Uncle Tom Cobley.
So I ask, how do we define a political cartoon, for example?