Fair word trystero.
I guess I should have asked, "Who is benefiting from the mockery?" In my personal experience (interacting face-to-face with other humans), subjecting another person to mockery is a sure way to get them to shut down any of your ideas. They will retaliate with an emotional reaction and will become completely uninterested in any subtle points you are trying to make. I would be a better man if I had come to terms with this fact before I started going with girls.
However, observers (who are not direct targets of the mockery) may find themselves delighted to have the idiocy of another exposed (even if they are guilty of perpetrating idiocy) and may gain some insight regarding their own stupidity.
Is that what you are saying? I agree to that extent. It is difficult to agree when you use words like "deserve" but I can't see anything wrong with saying "mockery has its place".
I guess it all comes down to 2 questions:
1. What kind of mind are you hoping to change? (Will they respond more effectively to logic or humor [mockery]?)
2. If you make an "idiot martyr" out of a person by mocking them, you can expect that the mockery will only have an impact on others who identify with the martyr somehow (that is, other idiots). So, you have to be careful not to mock the idiots as a group, or they will all feel attacked as a whole and will respond in kind as a whole.
Now, if that is agreeable, I will return to my question up there. If we mock idiots, who is benefiting?