Archive for the ‘Jokes’ Category

The internet age has done a hell of a job burnishing the reputation of Marshall McLuhan. After all, the famously cerebral Toronto media theorist more or less foretold the world wide web back in 1978, when he said that “a computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce mass library organization, retrieve […]

                              This is from a review of Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon: Douglas Tirola’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015), which screened yesterday at the Sydney Film Festival, is a thoroughly conventional […]

Jokes Are Based on Grievances “Today young people are in the habit of saying, ‘Humor is not cool’”. The old fashioned joke with its story line has given way to conundrum, e.g.: ‘What is purple and hums?’ Answer: ‘An electric grape.’ ‘Why does it hum?’ ‘Because it doesn’t know the words!’ This kind of joke […]

“You mean my whole fallacy is wrong”, from Annie Hall (1977), directed by Woody Allen “Marshall McLuhan was a skeptic, a joker, and an erudite maniac. He read too deeply from Finnegans Wake, had too great a fondness for puns, and never allowed his fun to be ruined by the adoption of a coherent point of view. […]