1. "I think that humor has under-appreciated explanatory value. If you are trying to explain something to a broad audience, using humor is sometimes a way to help people either make a leap in logic with you or shorthand to what’s important about something. Usually when I use humor on the show, it’s in the form of absurdity. I’ve pointed out something that somebody says is normal that I think is not normal or that something that should be seen as very serious that I don’t think deserves seriousness. You can explain that away or you can poke fun at it, but sometimes it’s not only shorter to poke fun at it, but also more effective at moving the argument along.” — Rachel Maddow [complete interview here] View in High-Res

    "I think that humor has under-appreciated explanatory value. If you are trying to explain something to a broad audience, using humor is sometimes a way to help people either make a leap in logic with you or shorthand to what’s important about something. Usually when I use humor on the show, it’s in the form of absurdity. I’ve pointed out something that somebody says is normal that I think is not normal or that something that should be seen as very serious that I don’t think deserves seriousness. You can explain that away or you can poke fun at it, but sometimes it’s not only shorter to poke fun at it, but also more effective at moving the argument along.” — Rachel Maddow [complete interview here]

  2. rachel maddow

    humor

  1. Congrats to David Rakoff who just won this year’s Thurber Prize for American Humor!
Rakoff on Fresh Air and Morning Edition and This American Life. View in High-Res

    Congrats to David Rakoff who just won this year’s Thurber Prize for American Humor!

    Rakoff on Fresh Air and Morning Edition and This American Life.

  2. thurber prize

    humor

    david rakoff

  1. Posted on 19 August, 2011

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    Friday afternoons are a tough slog. Here’s a Gary Larson interview on Fresh Air from 2003.

    Friday afternoons are a tough slog. Here’s a Gary Larson interview on Fresh Air from 2003.

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    gary larson

    humor

    the far side

  1. Posted on 6 July, 2011

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They pipe in NPR in the bathrooms here. I’m still not used to hearing my coworkers chitchatting about all sorts of things in there.  View in High-Res

    johnisdead:

    <3 work

    They pipe in NPR in the bathrooms here. I’m still not used to hearing my coworkers chitchatting about all sorts of things in there. 

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