Saturday 3 December 2022

Turning tragedy into comedy


"Susan Sontag ... writes somewhere that all tragedy turns into comedy, if you speed it up enough. ["If tragedy is an experience of hyperinvolvement, comedy is an experience of underinvolvement, of detachment."] We may weep at the tale of Oedipus, but if Sophocles compressed his story into twenty seconds, the audience would be rolling in the Athenian aisles."
~ Ted Gioia from his post 'Why TikTok Users Love Sped-Up Songs,' and Susan Sontag from her essay 'Notes on Camp'


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