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The Game of Humor
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 226

The Game of Humor

Humor, wit, and laughter surround each person. From everyday quips to the carefully contrived comedy of literature, newspapers, and television we experience humor in many forms, yet the impetus for our laughter is far from innocuous. Misfortune, stupidity, and moral or cultural defects, however faintly revealed in others and ourselves, seem to make us laugh. Although discomforting, such negative terms as superiority, aggression, hostility, ridicule, or degradation can be applied to instances of humor. According to scholars, Thomas Hobbes's "superiority theory"—that humor arises from mischances, infirmities, and indecencies, where there is no wit at all—applies to most humor. With the exc...

Understanding Laughter
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 265

Understanding Laughter

Explores the problem of why humor is funny, presenting the social history and psychological theories of laughter and concluding that ridicule is the basic component of all humor

Speech-communication in Society
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 302

Speech-communication in Society

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1975
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Effect of Humor in Dull and Interesting Informative Speeches
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 7
Elsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 692

Elsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-01-19
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  • Publisher: Elsevier

In attempting to understand and explain various behaviour, events, and phenomena in their field, psychologists have developed and enunciated an enormous number of ‘best guesses’ or theories concerning the phenomenon in question. Such theories involve speculations and statements that range on a potency continuum from ‘strong’ to ‘weak’. The term theory, itself, has been conceived of in various ways in the psychological literature. In the present dictionary, the strategy of lumping together all the various traditional descriptive labels regarding psychologists ‘best guesses’ under the single descriptive term theory has been adopted. The descriptive labels of principle, law, the...

Die Wahlen in den schweizerischen Nationalrat 1848-1919
  • Language: de
Laughing Matters
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 392

Laughing Matters

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-08-21
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This book examines the role of humor in modern American politics. Written by a wide range of authors from the fields of political science and communication, this book is organized according to two general topics: how the modern media present political humor the various ways in which political humor influences politics. Laughing Matters is an excellent text for courses on media and politics, public opinion, and campaigns and elections.

More E-prime
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 333
CSSJ. Central States Speech Journal
  • Language: en

CSSJ. Central States Speech Journal

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1970
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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JOURNAL OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION
  • Language: en

JOURNAL OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1977
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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