May 29, 2005
Death of the JokeThere was an article recently in The New York Times titled "Seriously, the Joke Is Dead" (since the NYT requires registration, I linked to a copy in a Florida paper). It's really true: you don't hear anyone telling "joke" jokes -- the ones that you have to introduce with a setup line like "Here's a joke", so that people know that what you are about to say isn't going to be funny at first, and may make no sense for a while. In our deconstructed world, just having to say "Here's a joke" seems hopelessly corny and ruins the joke. Instead it's just continuous riffing on whatever the last person said.
Posted by AdamBa at May 29, 2005 09:31 PM
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