Is mainstream American humour angry? Not all, but I think much of it is: flat footed, mean spirited, capricious, dirty, designed to scandalize, witless, a sledge hammer, dull. A generalization? Perhaps.
Here is author Milan Kundera’s observation about loss of humour and the corollary rise of fear and stupidity and arrogance:
I learned the value of humour during the time of Stalinist terror. I was twenty then. I could always recognize a person who was not a Stalinist, a person whom I needn’t fear, by the way he smiled. A sense of humour was a trustworthy sign of recognition. Ever since, I have been terrified by a world that is losing its sense of humour.
The stupidity of people comes from having an answer to everything.
Milan Kundera, interviewed by Philip Roth
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