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28-11-2013, 02:07 PM
Here's another mystery of the universe...
Does all comedy come at the expense of another?

Is comedy actually a form of predation?

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28-11-2013, 02:10 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
no, puns

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28-11-2013, 02:20 PM (This post was last modified: 28-11-2013 02:53 PM by houseofcantor.)
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
Some forms of comedy involve a form of dualism, where self-effacement takes the form of one facet of self debasing another. "Puns" fall into this category.

Assuming puns are funny, which is a stretch. Tongue

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28-11-2013, 02:24 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
http://johnbakersblog.co.uk/humour-and-such/

the witty sounds victimless

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28-11-2013, 03:01 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
Nope, there is self-deprecating comedy as wellTongue

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28-11-2013, 03:08 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
I wouldn't say it's all schadenfreude.

Certainly creating and then subverting expectations are a key element.

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28-11-2013, 03:13 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
(28-11-2013 03:08 PM)cjlr Wrote:  I wouldn't say it's all schadenfreude.

Certainly creating and then subverting expectations are a key element.

Creating and then subverting... is not predation?

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28-11-2013, 03:17 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
(28-11-2013 03:13 PM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
(28-11-2013 03:08 PM)cjlr Wrote:  I wouldn't say it's all schadenfreude.

Certainly creating and then subverting expectations are a key element.

Creating and then subverting... is not predation?

'Predation' seems to imply a motive I would find lacking.

Is it at someone's expense if they consent to it?

Consider

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28-11-2013, 03:48 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
(28-11-2013 03:17 PM)cjlr Wrote:  
(28-11-2013 03:13 PM)houseofcantor Wrote:  Creating and then subverting... is not predation?

'Predation' seems to imply a motive I would find lacking.

Is it at someone's expense if they consent to it?

Consider

Perhaps they consent to a degradation of an aspect of self to find approval from the community.

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28-11-2013, 05:58 PM
RE: Here's another mystery of the universe...
(28-11-2013 03:48 PM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
(28-11-2013 03:17 PM)cjlr Wrote:  'Predation' seems to imply a motive I would find lacking.

Is it at someone's expense if they consent to it?

Consider

Perhaps they consent to a degradation of an aspect of self to find approval from the community.

Or maybe they're into some weird variation of BDSM

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