Topic of the Week: Humor
How can humor be utilized effectively by anarchists? What are examples of humor changing your perspective politically, anti-politically, or otherwise?
When does humor fail at delivering a message, critique, statement, or provoking a desired reaction--i.e. when does it backfire or become inappropriate? Have you ever experienced an unanticipated or negative reaction to something you thought would be funny? Is it easy to avoid offending people when deploying humor? How does being an anarchist define your taste in humor, what is offensive or appropriate, or who or what topics are on or off the table?
When is humor the most successful? How can humor most effectively cut through defensiveness or alter opinions? What is it about the physical reaction of laughter that causes something to resonate?
Can it be important to offend people? What is it about certain people's failures that can be funny to some and disheartening to others? When is it important to laugh at ourselves and accept the absurdity in things?
Other thoughts on approaching humor from an anarchist perspective? Have any humorous anarchist actions, writings, communiques, performances, artworks, comedians, jokes, comics, memes, etc. stood out as your favorite--or most hilarious?