The Glenn (Loury) Show has an episode where he runs a colloquy with some academics and comics at a comedy club. The upshot is that the locals just ran over the nerds, and it would have been nice to see the following points broached:
(a) The original sin of comedy is that one person's freedom is another's Oppression. ie. a comic's freedom to say something potentially hurtful, whether mean-spirited or not, has real-world repercussions for the audience. Are we just at another low-point in society's appreciation of comics? Or has social media forever changed this dynamic?
(b) The comic's freedom to speak uncensored is problematic for political movements because party discipline is an important group formation dynamic. Party hacks use tactics like shouting-down, or content redirection (don't punch here, punch over there). What should we do when we are in danger of losing the audience?
(c) One comment was that life would be easier "if corporate america had a backbone..." This is victim-blaming and needs to flipped, as the problem is that some people profit directly from political division and use ransom-style attacks on corporates to achieve political and sometimes pecuniary goals.
(d) What's the future of comedy given what we are going through?
Although it would not be great for my retirement portfolio, a 1970s-style decade of stagflation seems like it would reboot the comedy industry.