By Jay Malarcher,The Arts Diplomacy Festival 2012: Cultural Diplomacy in Practice, March 2012, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
“…Comedy deserves to be respected more for two significant advantages it has: first, it provides great exercise in critical reasoning skills, since comedy
works on the reason (as opposed to tragedy, which works on the emotions); second, the best comedy allows a penetrating insight into the society that generated the satire: Thus, my assertion that comedy belongs in a conference devoted to the arts‟ role in cultural diplomacy. In a very real way, we do not truly understand a society until we understand what makes them laugh.
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