|Sam wrote: You don't seem to get that there's a certain threshold of civility that shouldn't be breached, and in my opinion, this forum is one of them (emphasis mine). I seem to be in the minority so I'll just keep my mouth shut and stop preaching.|
I beg to differ (and I also don't think you're in the minority). I agree with you to an extent that some words are inappropriate in some contexts but not in others (e.g. you speaking profane words with your friends but not in front of children). I would agree that this post may not be appropriate in some of the other forums, such as "Articles" or "News Discussions". But "Jokes"? Come on, now. I agree that toilet humor like this is not everyone's cup of tea, and children should not watch it without at least parental supervision, but I do think some "South Park" episodes were decent social commentary. Some of the funniest comedians I know are the ones who are not afraid to be politically incorrect (I think George Carlin and Dave Chapelle are good examples).
Since many Objectivists want to write of today's comedians as too postmodern, I'll give some writers from the Enlightenment who also used either crude humor and/or shock value (i.e. writing not for content in itself but for the reaction readers would have to the content). Jonathan Swift wrote a satire called "A Modest Proposal" where, in great detail, he proposed the Irish should eat their children as a solution to the potato famine (it was not a popular piece with the English, who wanted the writer dead). In William Shakespeare's "Othello", he used some crude language to describe the distaste some had with Othello's marriage to a white woman (Othello was black). Thomas Paine used some brutally frank language to criticize the Bible in "The Age of Reason". Going even further back, some of Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" used some racy, sexually suggestive language. All these men are regarded as great writers today, and rightfully so.