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Thread #12335   Message #96291
Posted By: The Shambles
17-Jul-99 - 05:26 PM
Thread Name: Our sense of humour? B/S
Subject: Our sense of humour? B/S
No I don't have a problem with the humour on Mudcat, I have even been known to attempt some myself, but I do recognise that some of us here, do have some reservations and can take offence. By and large that problem has been solved by the use of the B/S category and I don't really want to go into that again in this thread.

It is more the nature of what we find funny or not and trends in humour I would like to explore.

I suppose to be honest and this is a generalisation and is really not intended to be a criticism of anyone. I don't really find it too funny when intelligent people pretend not to be intelligent, in order to be funny. I think the expression used is to 'dumb down'. I would rather that they used that intelligence to BE funny, rather than give the impression that their intelligence is something to hide.

I have gained the impression that this 'dumbing down' is a fairly recent phenomenon, mainly in the US and this impression is formed from movies such as 'Dumb And Dumber' and some of Jim Carey's efforts. I get the feeling too that The Simpson's probably started this trend, but that it's imitators have missed the point, that The Simpson's are wonderful (and intelligent) satire.

Of course I could be wrong?