Family Aggression

People in close contact develop basic competition. Husbands compete with wives, in-laws compete with married children, children compete with parents, and families, not just children, compete with relatives and neighbors. Laughter is created when characters interplay with love, illness, jealousy, prejudice, death, and cream pies.

The mother-in-law coming for a visit is still one of the hundred most common plots on TV. Someone in the family must always be the fall guy, because we'll watch the stupidity of others and feel superior. That's why stereotypes are still being used, but today the humor comes from our surprise at their normal behavior. This is one of the delights of the Bill Cosby Show, which has probably done more for race relations than all the other black family programs combined.

Be a Freelancer from Home

Be a Freelancer from Home

When you think of freelancing, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? You probably think of a writer, novelist or journalist right off hand. That is primarily because for centuries, the only real job you could have as a freelancer had to do with your mastery of the written word.

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