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This thesis attempts to examine many of the major and minor thematic elements of contemporary humor as it relates to the Internet. The historical development of humor is rooted in the capacity for humans to see dissimilarities and incongruities in their everyday settings. This has enabled individuals to construct jokes that often parody or mock conventional understandings of knowledge. The Internet has provided users with new creative tools for expressing parody and has expanded overall participation and viewership of humorous content. The limited constraints of both ownership and production of Web-based content has created a flood of information; it is now becoming increasingly more difficult to determine the origin and nature of humorous material. This paper will argue that while new technology has successfully democratized new types of humor, it has come at the risk of replacing that humor with vacuous content that is pure static.
Fads -- 21st century, Internet -- Humor, Technology -- Society, Laughter -- Humor -- Philosophy, Contemporary world, Digital media -- Technological innovations -- Humor, Wit and humor -- Expression, Evolution -- Behavior, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2011 -- Sociology Department
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