Now that's just one example, and I'm sure similar things have happened with the political parties reversed...but this lack of humor-identification is striking. Is it because the two sides are so eager to look for flaws that they ignore obvious jokes and assume the candidate is serious....or do they truly not understand sarcasm anymore. This election seems to have gained more vitriol than ever, primarily because one candidate uses lots of humor, sarcasm, and obvious hyperbole...and everyone on the opposing side thinks the candidate is serious. I suppose you could argue that a run for president should be taken with more seriousness...but really? There's no room for humor anymore?
All this really tells me is that word-play is important as ever and I need to make sure to double my efforts in the coming school year. As long as students continue to hear my jokes and watch them fly over their heads...I still have a lot of work to do.