A few years ago I was watching a stand up comic on television. It dawned on me how of American humor is based on cutting someone down. Someone's failure or trouble becomes fodder for every comic in America.
Over the past few weeks we have seen the death of Anna Nicole Smith and the apparent melt-down of Britney Spears. Instead of compassion we make comedy. Instead of caring for those who are hurting, we somehow make ourselves feel better because, "I am not that bad!"
Craig Ferguson has video on Youtube that everyone should watch. I know this is a bit long (12 minutes), but it is worth it. It is interesting that it takes the people in the audience awhile to get that he is not meaning to make jokes about Britney and the people who are hurting.