Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

We Should All Thank Petraeus

Now that I’m on this topic anyways, I wanted to mention that we should all just thank Petraeus. This presidential election was so emotionally charged, tense and aggressive that we all needed a good spot of soap-operish comedy to alleviate the tension.

The great Spanish playwright Lope de Vega said in 1609 that it was crucial to provide regular comic relief to an audience if you wanted it to enjoy a good tragedy. Thanks to Petraeus’s ultra-funny affair, we now feel refreshed, invigorated, and ready to plunge into the new electoral cycle.

Single Post Navigation

7 thoughts on “We Should All Thank Petraeus

  1. the twisted spinster on said:

    “we now feel refreshed, invigorated, and ready to plunge into the new electoral cycle.”

    Speak for yourself. I never want to hear the word “election” again.

    • And once again my feeble attempt at humor fails pathetically. :-)

      • the twisted spinster on said:

        The recent election horror destroyed my sense of humor.

        • Yes, I agree, this kind of drama every two years is a bit too much. When I told my students that in Spain the election campaign wasnt allowed to last longer than 1 month, they looked very wistful.

      • the twisted spinster on said:

        Wow, people who actually control their media instead of letting it run their lives. Can you imagine the outcry from ABCCBSNBCMSNBCDDTwhatever if we tried that here? The boohooing and sobbing over “free speech has been teh crushed!” (by the people no less, whose voices don’t really count of course unless they are bigwigs in the entertainment media) would make such a din that we’d all go deaf. Which would be a kind of comfort though I’d miss being able to listen to Mozart.

        • I also told the students that in Spain, nobody could try to buy the elections because private donations to political campaigns are very limited and controlled. Instead, political parties get a limited amount of money and equal access to public media to run their campaigns. The students were shocked.

  2. I hope you are right. This story seems to be becoming ever more complicated.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 680 other followers

%d bloggers like this: