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Research Christmas 2014: Media Studies

CARTOONS KILL: casualties in animated recreational theater in an objective observational new study of kids’ introduction to loss of life

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7184

Life is not a cartoon

Apart from the venomous variety, most cartoons are animating and captivating, insightful and delightful. With levity and brevity, their comical characters and incongruous captions convey sophisticated satire. This satire is important social commentary, because it highlights life’s abundant absurdities and inequities. As artists and social commentators, cartoonists can rescue us from ourselves and each other by reminding us of how fate interweaves our fantasies, foibles, and fears with life's miracle, mystery, and misery.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 December 2014
Hugh Mann
New York, USA