On Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:24:51 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
Our entire crew got in hot water. "Someone" sent a helper to the tool
shack for a "bucket of ohms". (Large job, large trip)
The girl issuing tools' boyfriend happened to be a general foreman. He
was propped in the window talking to her when the helper asked. He
didn't get the joke. And before everything was said and done, we
didn't think it was funny any more either.
All these are examples of degenerate humor, laughs at someone's
expense. Now I appreciate a good practical joke or trick of the new
guy, but this kind quickly ends up with degrading and exploitive
treatment. The current output of Hollywood, the situational comedy
(Sit Com) is the result. I learned (and enjoy) the English style of
humor where no-one gets shamed or ridiculed.
In nature, laughter is the sound of triumph. There are various ways
to triumph ...over others, over yourself.
However the tripe on American TV [sitcoms, Funniest Videos, etc.]
shows NO sensitivity to others, and there in lies their weakness.
Plus, no subtletly, which is worse.
For example, the original Tracey Ulman show had NO laugh track and was
uproariously funny. For the reruns, some idiot added laugh tracks,
which rendered the shows unviewable. ..obnoxious actually.
Inappropriate laugh track sounds are distracting. Just as distracting
as trying to enjoy a comedian and the idiotic director suddenly shows
people in the audience laughing. What do I care about those people?
True. Americans can lack humor, look at the sad attempts to remake
successful French comedies.
They sent the new lab assistant to the stores for "half a dozen benzene
rings." But he knew more than they had imagined and came back with a
bottle of benzene and told them, "Here you are; pick out the ones you want."
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