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31st-Jan-2005 09:00 am
I do usually like the web comic Joy of Tech. But today it kind of rubs me the wrong way. I can't figure out if I should be offended or if it's just a stupid sophomoric joke that I should shrug off.


I've lived in California so long that my political correctness calibration is all screwed up.
31st-Jan-2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
Nah I don't its either. It just not funny.
31st-Jan-2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
it's just kind of dumb. i mostly just rolled my eyes.
1st-Feb-2005 01:08 am (UTC)
it's totally ganked from this old comic, which I find a funnier treatment of it.

The JoT version is less safe (offensive wise), but I don't really find it offensive as I could see a gay male saying it as well.
1st-Feb-2005 03:08 am (UTC)
As with all edgy humor I think the crux of the issue of funny vs. offensive has to do with intent + context. How the receiver takes it matters less than what the author/artist was trying to say and the awareness of that person vis a vis their audience.

If the author did a series of similarly themed strips, I'd say it would be justified to label it offensive.
If the author regularly offends and pretty much is a potty-mouthed equal-opportunity offender then I'd probably find it funny (think South Park).

If the known audience is broad or includes people that are the butt of the joke (pun intended), then it seems that folks are more accepting of the humor...sort of a recognition of the ridiculousness of stereotypes.
If the target audience was traditionally anti-gay (like a conservative xtian publication), then that context would make this more offensive.

It seems it's all relative.

I didn't find it funny, by the way. Too sophomoric for me.
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