At the tail end of this year’s Adelaide Festival, Fringe and other Mad March cultural events, spare a thought for the miracle of numbers and the banality of metrics.
In our pursuit of a world that is safely and entirely OK, must humour be cleansed of its original sin of cultural appropriation and insensitivity? It depends whether we are ‘laughing up’ or ‘laughing down’.
Modern society has become addicted to ratings and league tables. But a new scorecard, which aims to give ‘good art’ a numerical ranking, is utterly wrong-headed.
In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed satirist and social commentator John Clarke more.