I have been pondering Hannah’s comments in her blog entry, Oh, the drama, and have some additional thoughts regarding the purpose of the podcast, and how it relates to drama.
The word Polytics is composed of the words politics and poly, and the meaning is a composite of the two. Politics, in the context we are using it, is defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, as “5 a : the total complex of relations between people living in society.” The amalgam of poly and politics highlights that the discussion focuses on the relationship politics in the poly community, specifically in the Kanawi community. Now, relationship politics can be extremely difficult between two people, and when you add more to that, it becomes exponentially difficult. Therefore, drama is practically integral to poly. Given that poly IS drama, our team believes that the best way to deal with the stress, challenges, quirks, discrimination, misunderstandings, etc., is to laugh at them! While it is true that during the throes of drama, complicated social situations do not necessarily feel funny, we believe that if you can find a way to see the humor, it really does ease the drama.
So I believe the purpose of our podcast is to bring some levity to a life that is filled with heavy content by its nature. This goal is irritating to some people, because they can’t see the humor in the drama, they just see it as an expose, and I don’t necessarily mean Hannah. I mean anyone who chooses to escalate the drama in a way that increases the total amount of drama, with no ability to alleviate any of the negative aspects of drama. Targeting the podcast with criticism causes drama, and alleviates nothing. When the podcast pokes fun at situations in the community, it may increase a bit of drama if you look at it that way, but it also alleviates a fair amount of drama with the humor. Therefore, I firmly believe that what we are doing is very good for the community.
So… People! Don’t take things so seriously! Lighten up! Laugh at yourself, laugh at life, and it will feel better.
Even I have to laugh at Bernie’s denotation of my recent personal drama as “Jello-sy”. It’s funny!