Why if America's Funniest Home Videos (AFV) so funny?

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Why if America's Funniest Home Videos (AFV) so funny?

So here I am watching AFV, and am wondering why I and other people find it so funny. I mean it's mostly guys getting hit in the balls. I don't know what that feels like, but I can imagine it hurts. And the other body parts too.

 

I just find it weird that people (including me..) would laugh at people falling on their faces and getting vasectomies with a baseball.

 

I guess I'm asking why do we laugh at the expense of others?


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Should have been cancelled

Should have been cancelled years ago, especially since you can see any of that and pick what to see on YouTube. I haven't watched since about 1990. I remember anything with a dog or baby tended to win, even if it was stupid and boring.

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Why do guys laugh at other

Why do guys laugh at other guys getting nut shots?

The thought, "I'm so glad that's not me"

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Ahhh. Schadenfreude. Mel

Ahhh. Schadenfreude. Mel Brooks said that tragedy is when one cuts one's finger, but comedy is when someone else falls down a manhole and dies.

Some studies suggest that its a form of "Social comparison" theory.

I suspect it's actually empathy that makes it funny. It's a sort of heightened camaraderie in human foible. As a corollary to that, I think most folks would not find it funny anymore if anyone in a similar style video were actually seriously injured.

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jcgadfly wrote:Why do guys

jcgadfly wrote:

Why do guys laugh at other guys getting nut shots?

The thought, "I'm so glad that's not me"


If you had read Robert Henlein's 'The stranger on the strange planet', there's a theory, that laughter is a human method of dealing with pain, suffering and tragedies. Laughing is the best thing when you don't want to cry. It provides a welcomed detachment from the evil around, and may work as an anesthetics, it may help you exist and work in harsh circumstances, and survive.
And as you know, anesthetics are addictive, and so is laughter, that it became a desirable part of human culture and thinking, so it isn't even associated with the suffering.


 

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Luminon wrote:jcgadfly

Luminon wrote:

jcgadfly wrote:

Why do guys laugh at other guys getting nut shots?

The thought, "I'm so glad that's not me"


If you had read Robert Henlein's 'The stranger on the strange planet', there's a theory, that laughter is a human method of dealing with pain, suffering and tragedies. Laughing is the best thing when you don't want to cry. It provides a welcomed detachment from the evil around, and may work as an anesthetics, it may help you exist and work in harsh circumstances, and survive.
And as you know, anesthetics are addictive, and so is laughter, that it became a desirable part of human culture and thinking, so it isn't even associated with the suffering.

 

 

I believe it is Stranger in a Strange Land.....good book BTW

Seeing someone being bounced off a trampoline and land on the ground on their arse makes me giggle. The whole time I am thinking "oh my gosh look at that, they are being careless, they could get hurt, OH there it is!" It is more a  relief that they are okay that gets to me.

The build up, anticipation and the *grin* of relief when all is well.

 

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I remember that from

I remember that from Stranger in a Strange Land. Where it was pointed out how all the really funny jokes involve something bad happening to someone.

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I'm just wondering aloud,

I'm just wondering aloud, but you know that some people laugh as a reflex reaction to really bad things happening, right?  I mean, somebody gets hit by a car right in front of you and you laugh before you know what you're doing.  I can't recall reading anything specific to this phenomenon, but I wonder if laughing at other people's misfortune might have some connection with it.  I dunno.

 

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