Pax Christi, Everybody!
What do you make of the sense of humor? The other day I was, as I regularly am, engrossed in bizarre Team Fortress 2 Gmod animations and Norm Macdonald clips which I find hilarious, but I’m not exactly sure why that is. A lot of content in that stuff can’t really be called jokes in the traditional sense, so that made me wonder why it’s so hysterical to me, or why anything is funny for that matter.
I started wondering if the laughing response arose with some kind of evolutionary purpose, that is to tell the members of your tribe to rest assured that there isn’t danger after further investigation, which would explain why bait-and-switch and dark humor is often considered funny. But what about irony, or absurdism, or post-irony? Am I thinking about this too hard?
What do you guys think? Is this a futile game to play?