ERIC Number: ED311503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Perspectives on Humor and Their Application to Mass Media Comedy.
Eshleman, Joe G.; Neuendorf, Kimberly A.
After an extensive review of the literature on the theoretical underpinnings of humor in human interaction, a six-category typology of humor was developed and exemplified by examples from mass media comedy. Humor can first be divided into two major types: individual level humor or social level humor. These levels are then further divided into the following categories: (1) bisociation and cognition; (2) arousal and physiological response; (3) managing social relationships; (4) social control; (5) reference group affiliation; and (6) disparagement. However, a single comedic event may possess characteristics that cuts across categories. (Forty-five references are appended.) (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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