a reply to: StallionDuck
Thank you for getting back to me after my relatively terse response to your OP.
I understand your revulsion to the manipulation you now see going on in that particular program. And I agree. This is why I only watched one episode,
years ago. Only one.
For one, that laugh track that I mentioned in my first reply. That alone is one of the worst manipulative tools used in sitcmos and is used not only
your in show, but the majority of popular culture sit coms. And this is not a recent innovation. It goes all the way back to the inception of sit
Some can stand on their own, without that laugh track, but the majority depend upon it to manipulate how viewers think on a subconscious level, that
they are laughing at the same things that others laugh at. This is the illusion of the wisdom of the crowd. That if everyone else thinks it funny, it
must be funny rather than relying upon ones own discrimination of that is and what is not, funny.
An interesting observation of that laugh track is one I found. There seems to be a pattern to the manner in which it is used. I forget now exactly how
it went because I did it so long ago, but generally it goes something like, this.
Chuckle pause, chuckle again, short chuckle, then major laugh out loud guffaws. Over and over again, Patterned responses though out the show, week
after week it is the same pattern. From one specific show to another, the same patterned responses.
Again, I understand the attraction to this show. The stupid things they do. The idiotic interplay and all. I myself am now an old man, a child of the
tube. I was raised on Laurel and Hardy, as stupid a pair as there ever was. Abbot and Costello, two more great stupids. And of course Dump and Dumber.
Real dumb. But I for one will not have with anyone telling me just what to find funny and what not to.
As a sidelite to this is comedy in the movies. I have noticed now that the trailers shown on tv and in previews of comedies, they choose what they
think will be the draw moments, those bits that will attract people to come to the comedy movie.
I get that sure. But what I noticed was more interesting. In going to some of the movie comedies, I noticed that for the most part, most of the
audience would laugh ONLY AT THE PLAYING OF THE BIT THAT THE TRAILERS TOLD THEM WOULD BE FUNNY. Much of the rest of the humor is not got, is not found
to be funny. But when one of the trailer moments arrive, its laughter through out the crowd.
As well, there is the juvenilezation of culture happening there. The aiming of not only laughter but serious moments as well. Keeping people laughing
at things that would seem funny only to children and immature people.
If this were limited to only that particular program it would not really be a threat. However it is pervasive. It spans the majority of comedy
programs and into many of the more dramatic programs as well.
Look at commercials. INfreeking sipid. The bastardization of males and females alike is harmful. Using characters of people acting like 5 year olds
to sell us their products is ludicrous. But it works. How do I know? Because they keep using that template to sell product. Now THAT is scary
So yea Duck, I agree with you. The only other thing I have to offer is the suggestion that you not just accept these manipulations because they
transgressed your belief in Trump. These manipulations are used against us all, liberal and conservative alike.