Yakety Sax

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  1. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    So, this blog that I read on a regular basis presented a question, based on a video that was posted to YouTube about a year ago. Can yakety sax (the music that Benny Hill used - you know what I mean) make anything seem funny, or at least "lighter"?

    Before you watch, please be aware that it's likely to offend a lot of people.
     
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  3. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    The only ones finding humor in that would be subconsciously or consciously taking delight in the outrageous denigration of a horrendous event. Realizing that "that" is not funny, would then work conversely, i.e. putting Enya - Only Time as background to a Benny Hill rendering = not funny. Context is greater than the five/six senses.

    Bottom line: Boo.
     
  4. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

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    I hate myself.

    It wasn't funny until they showed all the people running.

    I learned something new about myself today. I'm a sick bastard. :(
     
  5. Queso macrumors G4

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    Wow. It does really make the point doesn't it? You don't want to find it funny but you sort of do anyway. Weird...
     
  6. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Would the reverse work? Some Benny Hill with Enya?
     
  7. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    All right. I can tell you that for me, the "Yakety Sax" music did bring a momentary grin to the corners of my mouth. I think the factor working here is association. It's a funny piece of music, and it produces in the mind an instantaneous association with (as several pointed out), funny, fast-paced slapstick.

    Now: that does not mean that it made the footage funny. I was extremely uneasy watching that, because it also reminded me of how horrified I was at the original event.

    So...funny music plus horrible event? I can't say that it made me feel amused or offended. What it did do was produce a weird kind of cognitive dissonance, and an urge to quickly turn it off.

    I wasn't offended, though, because it was presented as an experiment. If some jerk had put that up and said, "Hey, isn't this hysterical??", then yes, I would've been pissed.

    Not sure what this proved, except that no, "Yakety Sax" doesn't make everything funny.
     
  8. it5five macrumors 65816

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    The bloggers feelings sum mine up pretty well:

     

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