The way in which we choose to employ jokes is meaningful and serves to include or alienate people we deem to be in certain groups. So You've Been Publicly Shamed wants us to think about how easily we judge and shame people online, but it's just made me more paranoid. You need to get a sense of humour. There is no situation — including the podium of a presidential candidate — in which it cannot be wheeled out.
Saying something horrible, meaning it, and sticking to your guns displays a great deal more dignity than saying something horrible, pretending you didn't mean it, and fooling no one. This is the origin of the term "scapegoating": Everyone with a sense of humour understood what was going on. Of course it's not bad to laugh, in general. It cannot be a plaster for every single wound. There is no situation — including the podium of a presidential candidate — in which it cannot be wheeled out. Button resigned for more than just this. The truth in what ex-headteacher Helena Button said made it funny - and stinging Credit: Deep down, the headteacher knew that the comment could only be perceived as a funny joke if it contained a certain degree of truth. Once scapegoats were real animals Credit: They knew he wasn't joking but, when challenged, he could tell his detractors that he was. Trump's intention was that two groups of people would therefore walk off with a different interpretation of his remark: Mate did you actually take offence you know it's only jokes. They would figuratively heap the transgressions of the afflicted onto a goat and force it out into the wilderness. It is no coincidence that this sentence is one that could easily slither out of Donald Trump's lips in the next 24 hours. This is the power of humour. But the urge to use banter as a get-out clause in the first place is frequently a suspect one, with sinister motivations. Thus, when Trump made his remark about Clinton, he was not simply deploying sarcasm or humour; he was entrenching the sincere viewpoint of a significant proportion of his electorate. So You've Been Publicly Shamed wants us to think about how easily we judge and shame people online, but it's just made me more paranoid. Ralph Jones is a staff writer for ShortList magazine. The way in which we choose to employ jokes is meaningful and serves to include or alienate people we deem to be in certain groups. Of course it's all a wind up Credit: Save Save Ancient tribes used to believe that they knew of an efficient way to rid themselves of sin. This, again, is an unmistakeable power move: If it were funny, it could speak for itself. Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed provides valuable insight into the horrors that come from victimising people who have simply typed an ill-judged joke. You need to get a sense of humour.
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