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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 01:04 PM
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Since we are on the subject today, this is a pretty interesting read
http://www.humorpower.com/blog/2006/07/humor-skills-wha... /

What people find offensive and why is a question that does not have a simple answer. One persons joke is another persons rude comment. What makes one person laugh makes another person blush in embarrassment. What some people consider subtle wit is nothing but an insult to someone else. Some feel humor encourages stereotypes. Some feel it breaks them down. Lets look at some of the factors that account for some of these differences.

1. Conditioning By Society. We are programmed by our culture, family and other social influences to think that certain things are funny, and that other things are offensive. This isnt necessarily good or bad. It just is. Although it starts to be bad when the offensive humor begins to ruin relationships and eat away at a groups self-esteem. Humor based on a stereotype, even if its accurate, can have a negative impact on society. On the other hand, humor can disarm a stereotype. The power that the humor has depends on the reader or the listener. Creating effective humor based on stereotypes is not easy.

(Snooper Comment - Chris Rock has it down pat :) )

1. Conditioning By Society. We are programmed by our culture, family and other social influences to think that certain things are funny, and that other things are offensive.

Much more-
http://www.humorpower.com/blog/2006/07/humor-skills-wha... /

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