"It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY."
- Buckminster Fuller (h/t Suzy Waldman)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Godwin's Law, Humor, and Fun

Speaking as someone who was raised by, and raised surrounded by, survivors of Nazi atrocities, I would request at least another couple of generations' extension on Godwin's law. I mean, I think it's OK by now to make jokes about the Spanish Inquisition or Atilla the Hun. Yellow badge jokes? Maybe someday, maybe, but not yet. So I don't think the "yellow badges for greenhouse denial" campaign reflects very positively on its participants.

This comment says: "Humor and fun are natural byproducts of curiosity and learning." Yeah, well human decency is a bit of a precursor to learning, don't you think?

As for "our friends on the other side of the argument always seem to be such sourpusses", well, yeah. Duh.

In my case this bit of "humor and fun" hasn't helped any.

2 comments:

PDA from Let's Get Small said...

Though it was a bit of self-pwn on their part, given who originated the "happy face badge' meme...

Rattus Norvegicus said...

Yes, but how do you feel about "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ayn Rand!". Hmm...

I thought this was pretty funny, but Watts' attempts at humor are rarely funny, and the current stupidity is not funny.