NationStates Jolt Archive

Did you find it funny?

23-09-2005, 18:58
The first time I read JG, I didn't like it. Principally because I didn't find it funny - I barely laughed, and when I did, not in a good way.

Now, I'm pretty picky when it comes to books. Also, I'm not hugely knowledgeable about politics, big business or advertising. And I don't come from Australia (rather a country that's actually good at cricket). And, as many will attest, I have a terrible sense of humour.

Nonetheless, I didn't find Syrup funny, and I don't find his blog funny. And, whilst I accept that his is a style of humour that on some fundamental level I am destined not to get, I can't help thinking that there must be others who share the same frustrations. He is clearly clever - in fact, he clearly has a sense of humour - he just, to me, doesn't seem able to translate that into genuine amusement on the page.

I reread JG recently, and liked it a whole lot more. Principally, I think, because jokes are less funny the second time around - and jokes you don't get become less important. So, I'll stick in the obligatory poll, but I'm interested in answers beyond mere 'yes'/'no' if possible: particularly if, as I'm increasingly coming to think might be the case for me, you liked it in spite of his jokes.

EDIT: Apparently I WON'T add the obligatory poll, as I forget. Oh well.
30-09-2005, 13:12
I dont think Max's main intent was to be funny..
30-09-2005, 19:13
Ok. I understood that he was a satirist. Clearly, I am wrong. And, I'm not even stating his main intent was to be funny: just that I didn't personally respond to his humour. Given that my final question was whether anyone liked it in spite of the jokes, I hardly see the relevance of your poll.

(You'd better go remove him from the Satirists Category in Wikipedia.)