Saturday 17 May 2008

genre of the day

So this week, the papers report, the amount of Co2 in the atmosphere reached its highest level in 650,000 years. We're destroying 1% of the world's species each year. Brazil's environment minister quits because she can't stop the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. And on it goes.

It seems unlikely that the first major play about climate change will be a tragedy, or an issue play, or a state-of-the-nation play or, even, more appropriately, a state-of-the-nations play.

It's most likely that it'll be a farce. That's the genre (as the Wiki entry puts it) that depicts human beings as 'vain, irrational, venal, infantile, and prone to automatic behavior'.

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