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Targets of Humor

  • By: Arthur Asa Berger
  • In: Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
  • Edited by: Salvatore Attardo
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture

Any subject can be a target of humor, and indeed, a Google search for “targets of humor” brings up more than six million websites. Humor is an irrepressible force that, from time immemorial, has skewered people, places, institutions, and anything else one might think of. This entry discusses targets of humor and how they are chosen, as well as how they are related to various theories of humor and techniques of humor.

Targets of Humor and Theories of Humor

One way to deal with a subject of this size is to consider the targets of humor in terms of how humor is understood in the most important theories of humor, which are themselves targets of humor when proponents of one theory make fun of those who hold ...

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