What made the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris on January 7 apparently so horrific was that five victims were all cartoonists. This, it seemed, was a brutal and bloody assault on laughter. Which meant it was also an assault on the very fact of being human itself. The author of this article considers Charlie Hebdo and its aftermath, and recognizes with such scrutiny how tangled the ironies become.
Pushing laughter to its very limits
British Journalism Review March 2015 26: 19-26, doi:10.1177/0956474815575451