Monday, 28 June 2010
Sense of humour failure?
The Llandaffchester Chronicles seems to have been attracting quite a lot of flak recently, if the comments left on the blog are any indication.
I don't really understand those who are afraid of satire; it's one of the very last means of expression left to the dispossessed. Perhaps that's the problem, anything less than unconditional surrender simply isn't good enough - see this reaction on the topic of the hour from our friends at WATCH (thanks to Ancient Briton for this) In any case, aren't 'liberals' supposed to be in favour of complete freedom of expression and diversity of views? No? Dream on.
To be in a position of authority and be afraid of being laughed at is a sign of a very deep insecurity indeed. There is a serious issue here about the repressive, vindictive (and guilt-fuelled?) spirit which seems to be abroad in some parts of the revisionist Anglican world - look at TEC: the policy seems to be, if it tries to move litigate, if someone says something they don't like, shut them up and throw them out. At least it's not (yet) like that in Wales.
I'm also convinced that the 'establishment' (unlike their anonymous defenders) can't mind Llandaffchester too much; after all (so I'm told) they are highly intelligent, well educated, Private Eye reading adults with a good sense of humour; it would be odd if they were that thin skinned; besides, they can always console themselves that to be a target of satire is really a subtle form of flattery. The only worry I have is that it may be granting them a significance way beyond their importance.
But, Llandaffchester Chronicles - whoever you are - keep up the good work!
(This is completely beside the point - but can there be effective [that is, funny] satire which actually supports the status quo? For those fevered loyalists worried by criticism, why not give it a go? Or is the genre just too distasteful for you?)