“There’s still nothing taboo about pouring contempt on one’s social inferiors”

I guess it depends on the subject and the context. East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson didn’t appreciate James Nesbitt’s recent crack about Larne, and (set up as he was) Sammy’s joke about the Pope didn’t quite cut the mustard with Ali G. Tom, at the Prospect blog notes that whilst many jokes remain the same, their subjects move around, depending on whether or not you can get away with it.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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