Humour has been defined as a form of assembling behaviour regularities in a society to make people laugh. Humour has been held to constitute two opposing realities. The social diversity between different people is a key indicator of what to be considered humorous. There a variety of situations which generate humour to different individuals depending on the cultural background. It has also been said that the age and gender plays an increasingly influencing role in identifying the response of people on different jokes (Oropeza-Escobar, M. 2011).
Functions of joking
Since humour applies to different cultural and social group, it has been said to have a sole function of enhancing class interactions. Joking creates a relationship whereby two individual or groups of people become free to exchange any form of communication. Humour has a vital function by which it makes sure that potentially disruptive sentiments are contained through a joking way. In other words, what may appear to be a sensitive issue may be discussed without a need to get serious. It serves like a defence in situations when a person makes a controversial statement then simply asserting it was to be a joke. Secondly, humour is also used as an expression of a common identity whereby a person makes fun of a situation he/she is in. Humour can also be extended to circumstances whereby a feeling of free interaction is desired. This mostly happens in a working environment when new workers meet. It can also be used when unfamiliar people have met. Jokes are very effective in making sure that what seemed boring is given a twist and everyone gets involved in the discussion (Macionis & Gerber, 2011).
Comedy as serious
It is essential to note that humour has been used and it is still being used to put people down. These types of humour are very common in almost every society and cross cultural societies. Men have used jokes to express hostility towards women. Similar jokes have also been used on gay people to make fun of their sexual orientations. Ethnic conflicts have been held to be one of the leading forces behind jokes. Jokes are analysed in different forms according to the aim of a certain joke. There are ethnic jokes which make fun of certain ethnic characters (Oropeza-Escobar, 2011).
There are three categories of jokes which clearly define and classify jokes. First, humour is said to be an expression of supremacy. This means that the function stands for a hostile and cruel classification of others in most unjust and unfair ways in order to assert a supreme status. It sometimes entails making fun of disabled people and the social justice system. Secondly, jokes can also be used to relieve tension. The relief may also be used to find an appropriate way of dealing with problems by establishing a creative way of solving them. It can also be pegged with the desire to get pleasure. Lastly, incongruity has been said to exist when a person creates a gap between people’s expectations and the present situation (Macionis & Gerber, 2011).
Jokes have been widely used in the pasty to send different messages and to serve different functions. The most influencing factor in whichever type of joke made is the cultural group. It has been established that what may be interpreted as funny by one group may not necessarily be funny to all groups. In the past there are numerous functions which have made jokes popular and widely applicable in day to day interactions.
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