A bit of a laugh at “hurt feelings”

Auf Deutsch, we call it “Schadenfreude”. There isn’t a word for it in English, but a long one would be “laughing-at-hurt-feelings”. If your day has been a little dull, and if you find the idea that someone could have a legal right not to have their feelings hurt a little bit funny, have a listen to Patrick Cook on ABC Radio’s Counterpoint program on the recent Andrew Bolt case. Just remember, Cook is described on the ABC website as a “satririst, cartoonist, commentator”. That’s definitely the way I like my commentary: with several heaped spoonfuls of satire.

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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3 Responses to A bit of a laugh at “hurt feelings”

  1. Tony says:

    On the broader issue, there are many good articles about this judgement (eg http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-29/holmes-bolt-bromberg-and-a-profoundly-disturbing-judgment/3038156) that don’t fall easily into a pro or anti Bolt rave.

    But Patrick Cook could have easily equated ‘hurt feeling’s with ‘my right to free speech’ in relation to Bolt’s reaction to the judgement. I think it would be hard to find another man in Australia who exercises a more unfettered (less fettered?) right of free speech. I guess the irony of his front page exit from the courthouse proclaiming that ‘This is a sad day’ needs no further massaging from a satarist or a cartoonist or a commentator (is there such a thing as an ‘ironisist’?).

    The more noise Bolt makes about such matters of principle though, does help to hide his own journalistic cardinal sins in relation to this issue: his very poor verification of matters of fact.

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