Thanksgiving,I was wanting to watch something not very challenging on TV
Honestly, i thought the weather channel would be perfect. But I couldn’t remember it’s number from the hundreds of channels we have on our cable service. yes, I still have cable.
So I was looking at the guide, and I saw one channel had a simpsons marathon. I tuned to the simpsons.
THe Simpsons is in it’s 30th season. This episode was not from the 30th season. It also was not from the first ten seasons.
It was not funny. It was like a parody of itself.
I looked at CHris in shock. “What is happening?”
It turns out that the simpsons’ downfall is a well-known and well documented phenomenon. Chris brought up a documentary from Youtube about what had happened and when. It also got into the special sauce that made the Simpsons so delightful when it WAS good.
when it was good, it was very very good.
it is not good anymore.
Which made me wonder, what is funny anymore? Has culture lost it’s sense of humor?
It maybe has. There is a meme going around that this is the era of “That’s not funny.”
But so many things are funny! There is lots of funny!
Hmm. What shows on TV make me laugh? I used to watch Big Bang Theory. I still watch a little bit of Mom.
Neither of those were as good as the Simpsons used to be.
The Daily Show is supposed to be funny, but i find it unwatchable because it seems so smug and judgemental. There is no room for transformation.
That’s what humor is supposed to be: Transformative.
It holds up a mirror of what is, and lets us see ourselves. Like how we might want to smooth out this or that irregularity