I am currently taking a vocabulary design course. The final (group) project of the semester is to select a website that needs reorganization in some way. I suggested (thanks to being married to a vocal fan of the website) icanhascheezburger.com. Yes. I am creating a metadata schema for this website. It is by far one of the more entertaining subjects I have studied of late.
One of the metadata elements my group has created is for humor. The values are terms that answer the question, "why is this funny?"
This question is, to say the least, hard to answer.
One question we might ask is this: Why is Dave Barry funny? Some may argue that he is not funny. I am one of these people. Anyone can make fun of current events. (In fact, I have a draft post entitled "my Dave Barry post" that is in the works.) My husband, however, is extremely (extremely!) pro Barry so I answer the question for his sake.
Dave Barry makes fun of life. Life is hard. So we laugh. Laughter is just a mechanism for survival, however, so he is only funny technically (because it triggers laughter in a roundabout way).
Dave Barry, the "technically" funny guy. I am prepared for Barry lovers to now throw rotten fruit at me.
(post tone: sarcastic)