Frank Mahony: Nothing is Funny
Nothing is Funny
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A friend of mine asked me – what’s going on with your blog?
I guess at one point, your blog becomes like your evil twin that you are expected to control. Sometimes your blog is entertaining and everyone tells you how good your blog is and you can be proud of your digital sibling. Other times, you are accountable for your blogs inactions and lack of effort or inability to deliver the goods. It’s kind of a relief that you aren’t directly accountable. I can easily brush off criticism with a comment like:
“My blog… Yeah you’re right; I really need to get that in order. That blog of mine is really slipping these days. I need to sit that blog down for a talk and get things back on the right track.”
But, I didn’t brush it off. I did the uncommon thing and I told him the truth of my current medical/mental condition which I’ll call blog constipation. “Nothing’s funny anymore,” I explained.
He laughed - which kind of shot holes through the statement (there is humor in the fact that I am unfunny). So, maybe I should have stated it this way: “Nothing is funny to me anymore.”
I’m only partially serious but it seems were at a time in the history of the world where it’s so much easier to write about news and events than humor or entertainment. Everybody is so unhinged on politics, class warfare, right vs. left, healthcare, the economy, etc…
The easy solution is to force my evil twin to go to the dark side and blog about topical “news” items. But who needs more of that crap?
It’s kind of like the world had a huge, going-out-of-business clearance sale on “funny” and the only things left on the “funny” shelf are old, picked over, recycled and refurbished.
Let’s just go through the list:
- Obama being shunned in Copenhagen – not funny
- Healthcare reform – not funny
- The irritating scowls of Nancy Pelosi – not funny at all
- The slow economy – not funny
- Tom Delay on Dancing with the Stars – a little funny, but not enough
I’m not giving up. I just need to look harder. Funny comes from the weirdest places. I can’t wait until I find something funny – because then we can all be proud of my blog again.
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