Thursday, August 31, 2006

The fruit of dialogue

One of my readers has recently challenged the possibility of dialogue between two positions with fundamentally different ‘frameworks’. Personally, I choose to continue to prioritise dialogue and the sharing of opinions.

But this whole issue reminds me of the famous Newman and Baddiel comedy sketch: ‘History Today’ where two stuffy old history professors attempt to debate a historical theme, a discussion that only ends up degenerating into childish insults against each other, and each other’s mums!

This was the sort of humour I was raised on as a kid – we spent hours tormenting each other in the classrooms with lines like: ‘See that old tissue filled with snot? That’s you that is’.

This embedded video is a nice ‘History Today’ example:


At 9/01/2006 3:56 AM, Anonymous T.B. Vick said...

Ha Ha! Got a big kick out of this clip - thanks for the laugh, Chris.

At 9/01/2006 12:43 PM, Anonymous steph said...

Heavens above, that's funny. And good on you, you hit the nail on the head: dialogue is a hell of a lot more productive than annoying insults which generally end as rhetorical and land on deaf ears.

At 9/01/2006 5:45 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Cheers guys, and yes,absolutely. Dialogue may not always suceed, but surely it must always be given a chance. If you liked this video, do check out the other couple on UTube. I like the start of the second part very much!


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