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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Media (in any form) (11/11/10)

TITLE: Humor or Wit?
By Verna Mull
11/12/10


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Humor can be a great way of communication, but in my estimation, wit, can be more harmful.

Most people are relaxed around someone with a sense of humor, whose humor is totally clean in content, and not cutting to any other specific human.

For instance, in the days of earlier types of coins, one might say, “I try to be so thrifty that I can squeeze a nickel hard enough that the Indian is riding the buffalo.”

Now, wit may cause many laughs, such as, “The Perfect Squelch,” but often brings harm to the one upon whom it is centered; In other words, laughter at someone else’s expense. I read a quote from Mason Cooley, which stated “We do justice coldly, injustice hotly.” Oftentimes a wit does injustice hotly, to get a laugh, no matter to what expense it may cost the hearer.

I am not saying that all wit is harmful, I am trying to say that true humor is much more to be sought after, or, let’s examine the things that automatically come into our brain, before spitting them out to someone else’s damage.

There are always two sides to everything that exists. All media have some good points, and all have some bad. Let’s all seek the good.

I like to call it humor,
Then sometimes it seems to be wit;
And to the average hearer,
It doesn‘t seem to matter a bit.

As long as you are amused,
I guess it’s not in vain;
But how I disdain my humor,
When it seems that I must explain!


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Nancy Bucca 11/19/10
I loved that last line about hating humor when we have to explain it. Nice piece!
Jan Ackerson 11/20/10
As a person who has a tendency to be a bit sharp in my humor, I appreciate the reminder to rein in the sarcasm.

I felt this to be weak on the topic of 'the media'. You mentioned the media once, but not really in context, and the piece was mostly about humor.

We definitely need more clean humor in this world.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/20/10
This is a nice sermonette. You did a good job of expressing your opinion and I liked how you ended it with a funny poem.
Lillian Rhoades 11/21/10
You probably meant to compare humor as a means of communication, with media as a means of communication. Since the topic was on media, the greater focus should have been on the later. I loved your poem, and I think you have great potential in that genre.
Lillian Rhoades 11/21/10
Oops! I meant the latter, not later
Wilma Schlegel 11/25/10
There are so many areas where we need to be mindful of whose name we carry - (Christ's). Thank you for this valid point about the difference between hurtful wit and healthy humor.