Monday, November 15, 2010

Humor Exercise

Discernment requires practice and good principles are useful only in as far as they are employed. So here’s your chance to apply what we’ve been learning about humor:

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to pick a favorite piece of humor—whether movie, book, article, or something else—and analyze it with the following questions:

Why does this piece make you laugh? Why do you find it funny?

Does it meet the definition of humor (the juxtaposition of two unexpected or incongruous elements)?

What kind of humor was employed? (E.g. wordplay, slapstick, spoof, sarcasm, etc.)

What does this piece mock—attitudes and actions or position, person, and intelligence?

Are the things mocked good or evil? Can you prove they are good or evil scripturally?

Does the humor employ exaggeration?

Is respect maintained? Are serious topics treated with dignity?

Does this piece use good humor, why or why not?

Do you need to change how you perceive/indulge in this piece or the humor it contains? If so, how are you going to affect those changes?

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