his basic reproach to subjective humour is not that it undermines all objective content,
not taking it seriously, relativizing it, but that this all-destroying ironic stance is really utterly impotent: it actually
threatens nothing, it just provides the ironic subject with the illusion of inner freedom and superiority. When
individuals are caught in an impenetrable cobweb of social relations, the only way to assert their subjectivity is with
the cache of jokes which allegedly demonstrate their inner superiority.