My only problem with Internet-humour is that there’s no such thing as overkill. You take something vaguely funny , try to add things to make it funnier. Only a few succeed, the rest of us are just clutching at thin air. We only manage to make it unfunny and boring. According to my calculations,believe me I suck at maths, the average lifetime of a joke on twitter is 7mins, before it sprouts unfunny spinoffs and mashups.
There’s an episode of Monty Python titled “World’s Funniest Joke”. The premise of the episode was that a comedy writer coming up with a joke so funny that whoever reads it dies of laughter. Probably the ultimate motive of internet-humour,like the one in the monty python episode, is to create a joke that absolutely ‘kills it’.
Memes, Trolls and Banterzz(this will be the word of the year in 2015) are notoriously guilty of taking a dead joke and torturing it until it becomes cringeworthy. Why is this relevant now? Probably because we all went hammer and tongs at Chetan Bhagat’s “Half Girlfriend” and found Alia Bhatt’s “stupidity” so funny that we made them trend on top. Chetan Bhagat’s book probably got more publicity out of twitter than with his front page ad. Good for him. It is not like he’s successful or anything. I am all for a good joke, but after a point the “Alia Bhatt memes/jokes” became dumber than her faux-pas.
Now, I am not a fan of Alia , but this video made me chuckle.
Now people are starting to wonder if she’s smarter than we give her credit for.
Maybe the joke is on us. By all means , the internet can be a fun place. But the moment the ‘joke’ turns into a personal attack/banal attempt at humor for the sake of it, that’s the moment we might have “killed” it.