I can’t tell a joke to save my soul. (Too earnest, I think.) But I do recognize and appreciate the power of a funny story and I’m wondering … can humour help us to build public awareness, mitigation and resilience in response to climate change?
Al Franken and David Letterman do just that in the video series, Boiling the Frog. Here’s Epsiode 1, in which Franken compares climate change to a visit to the doctor.
Could we use satirical or other types of humour in museums? DO we use this tool to get our messages across? Let’s hear from you in the Reply section below.
I’m no expert on this topic but to assist your thinking, a few very useful resources:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Museum: Using Humor to Communicate (Jackie Littleton in The Docent Educator Spring 1996 Vol 5 #3: 18-19)
What’s So Funny? Humour in Museums (Museum 2.0 Blog, August 16, 2007)
Humor Me A Moment: The Power of Humor in Museums (ExhibiTricks Blog, July 20, 2016)
Let’s hear from you!