ERIC Number: ED370596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Decoding Photocopy Humor.
Photocopy humor is defined as any facsimile, photocopy, or wire-copy line drawing, iconography, or textual material that was drawn or written for distribution to a larger select audience using the available technology to disperse material intended to be humorous. Professional humor is excluded from this consideration. The content of photocopy humor gives insight into the individuals who create and share it and into the society that inspires it. Photocopy humor usually narrows in on stereotypical aspects of subjects, such as ethnic heritage, gender, age, and socioeconomic status, as a sample of 355 examples of photocopy humor confirms. The prevalence of photocopy humor indicates that it is indeed a form of mass media, one that merits further research. Implications of research to date are that education is the key to debunking the stereotypes and myths that are common commodities in photocopy humor. Four exhibits present examples of photocopy humor. (Contains 25 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Examples; Politically Correct Communication
Note: In: Visual Literacy in the Digital Age: Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (25th, Rochester, New York, October 13-17, 1993); see IR 055 055.