Alan Carr is a funny guy, and his take on free range chooks going out on the town in my view, quite adorable. Greenies may not appreciate the skit as he does get hot and bothered by the cost of organic vegetables and the cost of the onion is worthy of a few tears, he adds. So the formula I use for green humour probably may not be satisfied here, which includes backing up environmentalists in furthering the green message. Still, it's worth checking out this skit just the same.
A lot of greenies are worried that by making light of the woes of the world, this will mean the subjects of our causes are demeaned but, I really don't agree. We can re-energise our campaigns by using humour and introducing some fun in to what we say, and how we say it. A free range chook going out for a make-over doesn't mean we lose empathy for the chicken, but instead helps engender warm feelings for the chook and humanises (brings us closer to) the hen. I call this 'green cuteification' which cartoons, and stand-ups are so good at achieving. (Comics can bring happiness to the otherwise dreary or sad aspects of our lives. Comics should be commended for their ability to do this.)
Speaking of green humour, Rohan Chakrvarty's cartoon blogspot (since updated to greenhumour.com) is a must see site, for humour and conservation comic strips.
Nowadays we see humour being used in increasingly more social and behaviour change situations. I'm sorry I didn't get to see Alzheimer's The Musical, which was a live comedy production to get people seeing the lighter side of growing older and instiling preventive tips as well.
More discussion is had about green humour and my book, Green Spin (Or) Promoting the Green Message.
Us greenies could do with a bit of stress relief, and we can get a lot better at exploiting the communications opportunities for bridging the gap between the mainstream world and ourselves, and what better way than to use the occasional bit of humour in our messaging.
This is a Youtube video raising awareness about environmental weeds pests and action that can be taken about them, in an amusing way.
1/8/2012 08:19:39 am
Geeh, it wasn't a good omen to write this as my free range chook just died not long after writing this! Ugh. Poor little flippity floppety, well, at least she had a fairly long life.
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