I have to give a 50 minute presentation along with 4 hour people in my class regarding the topic death and dying. It's mostly factual based so we will each explain different aspects. However, we need to include the class in some way. some people did a case study, role playing, but what are some things we can do to include the group regarding the topic, death and dying??
A so-called "fun" lecture on a subject as serious as Death needs to be approached carefully. Most People have a tendency to take such matters to Heart and apply those matters personally. So, it would be easy for the Lecturer to end up being the Cold-Hearted Perpetrator and Some in the Audience to be The Victims.
There are two Techniques in Humor which allow us to approach Serious Subjects in a Humorous way making it More Difficult for Some to feel Insulted or Perpetrated upon:
The First Technique is the Utilization of Absurdity- that which is Ridiculous, Ludicrous, Silly, or Outlandish. Anyone who could Negatively Identify with Absurdity would have to Work Hard to Relate.
The Second Technique to use in Having Fun with a Serious Subject is to make Yourself the Focal Point of the Humor. For example, we can Make or Have Fun with our own Personal Selves without anyone else taking it Negatively. It is We who get to say how a Subject affects Us. No one else can tell us how we feel toward Anything.
If we do direct our Humor at a Specific Individual, we need to make sure That Individual is Universally Distant from Everyone. For example, Alan Alda was playing a Character in a Woody Allen film and during an Interview, Mr. Alda noted that it is now Socially Acceptable to Have Fun with President Lincoln's Assasination. ("Inspite of the fact the evening ended in Disaster, Mrs. Lincoln, what did you think of the Play?") However, Mr. Alda made note that a more recent Trauma, one which affects People who are still with us, is not Acceptable to have Fun With.
If you are looking for Specific Ideas, crunchytaco, I would encourage you to do a little research. One book which comes to mind that is Extremely Entertaining on the Subject of Death is Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Another Interesting Read on Death is Sherwin B. Nuland's How We Die.
I'm sure there are a Multitude of Entertaining Resources out there for you to pick and chose from.
Good Luck to You and Yours on Your Lecture, crunchytaco. I hope you let us know how it turns out.
I hope you leave them Dying.
Last edit by Davey Do on Oct 26, '12