Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Pain and The Salve

You know how the right likes to say that our side is so crazed with Political Correctness that we no longer tolerate any jokes at all?

There's an uncomfortable grain of truth to this. My favorite Reasonable Conservative describes a recent outcry provoked by an ad that he created to promote lesser-known bloggers. His artwork for the ad blended a reference to this year's stupidest book with an old Internet favorite: cats who look like Hitler.

I was sure it would be very popular with the readers of the Daily Kos, who are renowned for their great senses of humor and their remarkable ability to laugh at themselves. Unfortunately, I was mistaken.

Ouch. The truth hurts.

On the other hand, the thing about stereotypes is that they invariably apply just as well to those who invoke them. In the same post, he also details recent reactions from equally humor-challenged libertarians and conservatives.

Warning: Do not attempt to drink coffee while reading.

Whenever I get discouraged by the never-ending battle against humorlessness, I'm rejuvenated by the realization that we have a superhero on our side. Read Jon Swift. Every day. Even if he doesn't post that often.

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