• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Is humour really funny?

Extracts from this document...


Humour is something that is highly valued in today's contemporary world. It is something that we are constantly surrounded by, something that people use to fall back on when life gets too serious, something that unites people together if they can laugh at the same joke. However, humour can also cause offence and division if people oppose the particular ways of thinking being promoted in the text. Humour is probably the most powerful tool used by authors today to criticise, challenge or emphasise particular ideas or issues that are dominant in society. All humorous texts invite a certain response from its audience; however people can choose to read with the text and laugh at what is being ridiculed, or read against the text and condemn its ideas. ...read more.


Whereas someone who is does not regard elderly very highly, say someone who is a generation away, teenager perhaps, might share the share views of the cartoonist and find the portrayal of the elderly highly amusing. Because I come from an Asian culture and it is a cultural belief that our elders are superior to us, I do not find this cartoon funny; on the contrary, I in fact find it rather rude, because my values oppose those being reflected in the text. It can therefore be said that authors make certain assumptions about the audience while constructing a humorous text as certain cultural assumptions are needed to evoke humour, as different values are evident in different cultures. The second stimulus from freakingnews.com, is highly dependant on the viewer having cultural knowledge of Steve Irwin, an Australian icon notorious for his carefree attitude towards 'man eating' creatures. ...read more.


On the other hand, someone who dislikes Steve Irwin might find this picture funny as they agree with the values being endorsed in the text - Steve Irwin is an idiot. We are positioned to laugh at something that is inevitable to everyone - getting old. We as Australians are positioned to laugh at Australian icons 'feeding' their children to vicious animals. Could it be that because we feel inclined to laugh at something 'humorous' without thinking about the more complex ideas and critique underpinned, we fail to see an issue for what it really is? Could it be that because we do not take anything seriously anymore, humour has turned us callous and ignorant, finding even the most morbid of situations humorous rather than see them for what they are - morbid? When you really think about it, does this deserve a laugh? Is humour really funny? I certainly don't think so. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Narrative section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Narrative essays

  1. Two texts which have created humour are; 'A tour of the Cages' and 'The ...

    key aspect of this text as it contrasts to the student's desire for change. The line; "I have been here thirty years. I have always said that and do not intend to change now." Shows how the teacher is opposed to any change whatsoever and goes perfectly with the cartoon above it.

  2. Is the ideology of media blame really justified in present day society?

    The 'v' chip exclusively relies on the parental unit to recognise the suitability of a television programme for their children. But as I noted earlier, the encoding and decoding process can be seen as the deciding factor in categorizing a text into a certain rating.

  1. Media texts that have changed the world?

    This is an appealing way to show the audience how much damage has been caused by the hijackers and in essence makes the audience angrier. POV (point of view) shots were used frequently because it gets the audience involved. Its almost as if they were there, moving around the building.

  2. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: Their effects on the ecosystem

    Six different sources, ranging from a scientific journal to a personal website, were researched and compared in order to examine the different sources of information one uses to learn about current environmental issues. The first form of media that was used was a scientific journal named Biocycle.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work