No Joking Matter
The once popular political jokes simply canâ€™t survive the transition from communism to capitalism.
Did the political joke die with the collapse of communism? According to the British sociologist Christie Davies, an international authority on the roots of humour of all kinds, that is precisely what happened.
In a stimulating lecture at which was full of insights into some overlooked aspects of the transition from communism to capitalism jokes are simply not as at home in conditions of freedom and competing ideologies as in authoritarian societies.
Professor Davies lecture’s was delivered at ELTE University, Budapest on 7th November.
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