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Why Comedy Matters: School Of Life

The School Of Life, co-founded by philosopher Alain de Botton, aims to improve people’s emotional intelligence through the use and creation of media and culture. Their youtube channel is one of my favourite things on the net and often features on the blog.

My latest conversation with Kliph Nesteroff explores the history of comedy in the US and with that in mind here’s what the good people at TSOL had to say about the purpose of comedy.

Henry David Thoreau: Cabin In The Woods & Civil Disobedience

My latest guest Justin Wren described the joyous singing and dancing of the east Congolese Pygmies in spite of the unequalled hardship of their lives. While Justin described the vision that led him to the Congo I was reminded of Thoreau’s ‘cabin in the woods’ experience and the spiritual awakening he had there.

I don’t know much about Thoreau except that many modern adventurers use his words as inspiration. I was delighted to find this excellent The School Of Life  video about Thoreau’s ideas which includes mention of a theory I never knew was Thoreau’s, the theory of Civil Disobedience. Enjoy the video. Dave

For more of my favourite School Of Life videos click here and here.
To view an excellent BBC video about the theory of Civil Disobedience click here.
Visit the School Of Life's website here.

What State Broadcaster Should Do: The School Of Life


Once again The School Of Life has done what great journalism should. They’ve expressed something most of us have suspected for some time and they’ve done it with  clarity and brevity.

I’ve been arguing for years that Public Service Broadcasting (PSB), at least in Ireland, should abandon all attempts to create the next HBO style drama and focus on the more realistic and useful goal of informing the public in an entertaining way.

Just imagine if most PSB broadcasting for the next 12 months focused on a single issue such as inequality. The public agenda is still set by tv (the net still relies heavily on output of traditional media) and if people are informed about an issue (such as inequality) it will effect what they think, talk, and care about. Dave

I feel a rant coming on so I'll revisit this topic in more detail later. if you've any ideas relating to this please feel free to leave a comment or tweet @ me. Thanks. DC