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Pastimes : Laughter is the Best Medicine - Tell us a joke

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To: Carolyn who wrote (59835)11/16/2019 12:18:37 PM
From: Sun Tzu1 Recommendation  Read Replies (1) of 60522
I had a lot of chats with Jim about allowing in some political humor. I am the kind of person who can laugh at himself and find opposing humor funny - if they really are funny and not just in the eye of the beholder.

My litmus test was this, if I switch the punchline, will it still work? If yes, then that joke should not be allowed because it is just a jab at the other camp in the guise of humor. But if the humor really is funny in the context of the politics, then I was for it. For example, the jokes about Communism vs Capitalism are ok, but the one about Obama and Trump in a barber shop is not because you can switch their roles without affecting the joke.

Fundamentally Jim was for it, but he felt that it would need to be introduced slowly to make the rules clear and not let things get out of hand. He thought that there is too much anger out there and if he loosens the rules, people will find loopholes to take a swing at each other.

I think he was right. Although I didn't like it at first, I think it is nice to have place where people can tell funnies and use humor without the divisive politics.
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