Is the joke a dead art form?  

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5/22/2005 6:20 am

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Is the joke a dead art form?

The New York Times has an article online this monring declaring the death of the joke. The author claims that jokes have been replaced "by the din of ironic one-liners, snark and detached bons mots that pass for humor these days."

The reasons for the the jokes demise? He cites several possible factors: political correctness, the internet's ability to make every joke available simultaneously, short attention spans, and the unwillingness to take a risk. "Telling a joke is risk taking. Younger people are more insecure and not willing to put themselves on the line, so a quick one-liner is much safer."

At the risk of offending someone...

A rabbi, a priest and a minister are in a boat fishing. Suddenly the rabbi says "I forgot my favorite lure." and steps out of the boat and walks to shore. The minister is surprised, to say the least. The preiest just keeps fishing. Shortly after the rabbi returns, the priest says "I'm thirsty and we left the cooler in the car." He stands up, steps over the side of the boat and walks to shore, returning with the cooler of drinks. The minister is now completely shaken, but the rabbi just keeps fishing. Unable to take it any longer, the minister stands up, steps over the side of the boat and immediately sinks to the bottom. The rabbi looks at the priest and says, "Maybe we should have told him where the rocks were." (rimshot)

The mood has nothing to do with this post... real life has intruded on a planned get together for tomorrow and the next opportunity won't be until June.

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