A Cambridge internist has just published a paper in the England Journal of Medicine and Literature which links yo-yo spoof writing to a number of maladies that may ultimately lead to loss of the sixth sense, or, as he puts it "a loss of sense of humor."
Dr. Yobe Sorree has been studying the effects of yo-yo spoofing for the past decade and the results of his research are startling. "Young writers starting out usually don't even decide to write humor, but are more prone to write essays on everyday subjects such as pet ownership, travel adventures, and tales of love gone wrong. Some eventually venture into the humor realm, and eventually the writers cannot discern between what is funny and what is serious. All their stories take on humorous undertones, regardless of whether or not they really are funny.
The majority of the writers then find themselves seeking "spoof" sites to write for and, upon submitting one or two stories, most often become hooked. "They eat, sleep, vomit humor," said Sorree. "They seek out humorous situations in everything they do. They make fun of family and friends. They write mean things about people they don't even know, often picking on public personalities such as celebrities and politicians. No person, no subject is off limits as the spoofer will go to any lengths to get a laugh out of their fellow spoofers."
The good doctor claims there is no harm in this type of behavior so long as the spoofer keeps reminding himself that it is all in good fun and the points don't matter. "It is when the points begin to pile up after just one good story that we start to see the beginning of a deceitful cycle of ups and downs that yo-yo spoofing begins to rear its ugly head."
Dr. Sorree gives the example of one spoofer who successfully received tens of thousands of hits on one story about a "Cele-bitch" that put him in the top spot on the charts. "He then wrote a stinker about a group of clown fish herding a bull shark in the Gulf of Mexico and no one got the joke. The story tanked and so did his points. Had he stuck with a few more Cele-bitch stories, he may have remained on top a while longer and avoided the yo-yo effect. Needless to say, he quit while he was down and is cursing himself for ever falling for the spoof trap. The doctor says, while spoofing is sometimes a crap shoot, it does take a certain amount of skill.
Dr. Sorree claims that most yo-yo spoof writers eventually end up starting their own boring blogs and are destined to be nothing more than unhappy bloggers whom are read by maybe 10 to 15 fans a month. "It's sad, really," said Sorree, but he adds that as devastating as yo-yo spoofing can be, "it is almost always never fatal and the worst a writer can do is fall into obscurity."