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Mary Murphy (not verified) January 09, 2012

J. Michael Waller, in his paper Ridicule: An Instrument in the War on Terrorism (http://www.iwp.edu/news_publications/detail/ridicule-an-instrument-in-the-war-on-terrorism) reckons that humor can be an important public diplomacy tool when used as a means of persuasion. He quotes the great John Cleese: 'If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge the truth.'
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Jovan Kurbalija January 10, 2012

The less freedom, the more humor. For example, Belgrade used to have a great humor during Milosevic time. Humor is safe valve for society under pressure. Last week I was in Belgrade. The city is not as witty as it was during Milosevic time. Finally, it is getting boring!

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