(January 25th 2013)
I really like meta humour, probably in no small part because I'm interested in the industry behind Film, Television, Video Games etc. I like to see how the cogs turn and I get a kick out of references to aforementioned cogs and their turning nature. I guess it's also partly an inclusion thing, meta jokes make you feel special. It's like the makers of a thing you like saying, here's a joke just for you. Here's a reference not everyone is going to get. Unfortunately now, and I am by no means innocent of this, I think meta jokes and references can be used as an excuse for bad writing. Sure it's kind of funny if something illogical happens or if someone spouts exposition and they acknowledge it but, in a way, I'd rather they'd just spent time trying to fix a problem instead of just telling me there is a problem. This point of view is twofold; firstly, I can tell if there's a problem because, you know, if I couldn't then it arguably wouldn't be a problem any more. If you don't notice clunky dialogue then it isn't clunky. Second, I don't consider it to be useful social commentary either. It's all well and good to say that there are a lot of bad films that exist but lampooning them doesn't tell me anything new. I already knew that bad things are bad, unless it's a review that's not why I'm watching/reading/playing/eating something, (you can eat post modern referential jokes, right?) I want a well told narrative. Obviously there are exceptions, like Black Dynamite, but generally if it isn't an insight into the production of a show, I'm not all that interested in meta humour.
In conclusion I have a new way of fixing home appliances. My lamp broke the other week so instead of working on it and fixing it I just taped a sign to it that says; “this lamp doesn't work”. I can't read at night for shit but at least I'm post modern.
Made by Sean
... and subsequently butchered by Me.