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The Role of the Comedian in Society is to educate of problems through the use of humor. This has been shown to have a positive response if done correctly. According to this academic study a joke that is topic related can improve people’s ability to recall a subject by 11%. So just by saying something funny and related you can educate 11 out of 100 people statistically speaking. In-fact humor improves more than just test scores according to L. Garner (author of article)

Humor can be an effective tool to make a class more enjoyable, reduce anxiety, and improve the learning setting. Without using any resources, just by occasionally saying something funny can reduce anxiety, improve learning, and make a positive effect on students. In the study, students who listened to a joke about every 15 minutes reported a more relaxed atmosphere and higher grades on retention and understanding. These jokes cost nothing more than speaking.

Consider the cost of not using comedy. If a collage teacher doesn’t use comedy in their lessons, then they’re forfeiting 11% improvement in their class. Just remember for every student who drops out and doesn’t return to college, an average $282011.7195 is lost across their entire working career.

Instead talking about a social problem in satirical ways, we may find that the line between the education field and comedic entertainment may start to haze together. $54996652435.725 Taxes are lost across all students who failed working career. For that kind of Cash flow who’s to say that maybe they won’t put up a few grants for teachers if they take a comedy class.

The best part of humor method to pedagogy is the drier and dull the material being learned is, the greater the humors effectiveness. In the article, they used topic of statistics because it was a “dreaded” course. Researchers theorized that the humor offers a mental break and re-focuses attention. Even if the joke told is lackluster, because its contrasted by such dull material the response is amplified. If humor is food then their ears are watering mouths, minds empty bellies.

This isn’t the first time a new technology or natural phenomenon wasn’t full adopted upon its release. Computers where originally considered unsuitable for control systems, securing data, and most anything that influence life. Now computers are so depended upon we build life support machines, hold entire banks of finance data, direct traffic with them. If you told someone they could make $282011.7195 just by telling some jokes during class, it would sound so good they would think you to be a con-artist.

Believe it or not there are some technicalities to watch out for when preforming this method. It doesn’t work if you throw in jokes more often than 15 minutes apart. The article shows that more humor doesn’t mean more results. They found that if too many jokes where used or if they were unrelated then the improvement is nullified. The effectiveness of the jokes depends on how dull the material is. The joke has to be funny to the students or it won’t have an effect. Choose your jokes carefully.

Humor is already a primary means of public pedagogy. It has already proven its capacity to teach for years. It makes no sense to reject something that can only be an improvement and cost nothing. There is guaranteed loss for not using joke to teach. It is not a question of if humor will be used in teaching the future generations, but rather when will it start?


 

Calculations:

20.5 million students *.39 dropout rate = 7.995 million students drop out of collage

7.995 million drop outs *.11 =.87945 million students drop out from lack of humor

($49622-$44153) *.87945 million = $4809712050 total average year pay difference of associates compared to some collage experience.

$4809712050* 63 years’ average before retiring = $303011859150 gross loss across whole working career from lack of jokes.

$303011859150 *0.1815 average tax for 50k bracket = $54996652435.725 Taxes on average over a working career lost because of people who dropped out of collage without an associate’s degree because of lack of jokes in education.

$303011859150-$54996652435.725 =$248015206714.275 weighed loss

($248015206714.275 / 1000000)/.87945 =$282011.7195 weighed loss per person after taxes across their entire career on average for not having an associates

This only accounts for public collage it doesn’t account for private and for profit. Using averages you can clearly see from the number that comedy in school is no laughing matter.

Work cited:

Garner, R. L. “Humor in Pedagogy: How Ha-Ha Can Lead to Aha!” College Teaching 2006: 177. JSTOR Journals. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372

https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_ctr.asp

http://associatesdegrees.com/associates-degree-holder-average-salary/

https://smartasset.com/retirement/average-retirement-age-in-every-state

https://interactive.taxfoundation.org/taxgraph/FAQ.html

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Unit 1 Portfolio Revised

In the spring of 2017 I created a research blog on WordPress.com for a work portfolio. At the time of writing this unit 1 of my class is almost over and I’ve been asked to Synthesize everything I’ve done in unit 1. The main idea was to teach the role of the comedian in society.A comedian’s role is to use humor to confront problems that saturate society.Topics that other forums of discussion prefer to avoid. Thus, people are able to talk about these problems in a way that educates and is enjoyable, intern reaching a larger public audience.Public pedagogy through comedy is a powerful learning tool,but like a hammer comedy can be used to create or destroy.

In my Talking Funny review, I write about Louis C.K story of a bombing comedian.I pointed out that he lacked a message or purpose in his joke,the exact opposite of C.K ‘s routine.All four comedians( Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld) of the HBO special Talking Funny all update and perfect their acts constantly improving and adapting their message because they understand the destructive effect of humor.

In How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha! We see scientific evidence proving that humor can improve a student’s ability to recall a subject by 11%. According to the nces.ed.gov the population of the US in college students in the US was 20.5 million students.Turns out each individual person of that 11% loses around 283 thousand dollars on average after taxes across their working career.The total weighed loss for the entire 11% is $248015206714.275.

Who could have thought that comedy in schools was no joke?Sofia McClennen of course.  In my McClennen essay I write about how sadistic comedy and satire affect people’s morals.Sadist humor for example can devalue human life leading to almost sociopath behavior.McClennen defends satire as American culture.But clearly states that humor designed to devalue human suffering is the real threat.McClennen’s use of Henry Giroux’s theory of public pedagogy, which argues that most learning takes place outside the traditional classroom and that public culture is often the primary means through which society acquires knowledge and learns to model social interactions.This means that satire and other forums of comedy that make people think about real world problems have a positive impact on society by educating the people.Humor that disconnects people  inspires people to be deafened to human suffering.That intern leads to hostile learning environments and other social problems that could have been prevented.

Not only do people suffer but so do the resources and productivity that those people supply.  A joke without purpose can only serve to progress . How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha! States that if a joke is not relevant or jokes are told too often they found that students don’t get that 11% improvement. Amazing how the idea of what a comedian role in society has led to importance of public, economic loss, and the danger of negative comedy on the public.I have to stop somewhere, so I leave with this.Consider the changes in history that were inspired through forums of comedy.

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Research Article Revised

The Role of the Comedian in Society is to educate of problems through the use of humor. This has been shown to have a positive response if done correctly. According to this academic study a joke that is topic related can improve people’s ability to recall a subject by 11%. So just by saying something funny and related you can educate 11 out of 100 people statistically speaking. In-fact humor improves more than just test scores according to L. Garner (author of article) “Humor can be an effective tool to make a class more enjoyable, reduce anxiety, and improve the learning setting. “So, without using any resources just by occasionally saying something funny can reduce anxiety, improve learning, and make a positive effect on student enjoyment and content retention. They theorize that the use of appropriate humor can facilitate a more relaxed atmosphere and provide a cognitive break that allows the student to assimilate the information. When they performed the study, they used statistics course because of how dull the students considered the original material. So needless to say, we could be looking at even higher success rates in other topics.

In the future, Role of the Comedian will most likely be the same. However instead talking about a social problem in satirical ways, we may find that the line between the education field and comedic entertainment may start to haze together. As schools and university may require that teachers have a minimum number of jokes per course unit, in order to maximize education. It may not be something that would happen in a year or two but if we’re a society built on education then it is only logical that we would take advantage of a natural phenomenon. Computers where originally considered unsuitable for control systems that influence life, now we build life support machines dependent on them. It would be as simple as changing collage requirements to be a teacher to having some comedy courses instead of more electives.

20.5 million students *.39 dropout rate = 7.995 million students drop out of collage

7.995 million drop outs *.11 =.87945 million students drop out from lack of humor

($49622-$44153)*.87945 million =  $4809712050 total average year pay difference of associates compared to some collage experience.

$4809712050* 63 years average before retiring = $303011859150 gross loss across whole working career from lack of jokes.

$303011859150 *0.1815 average tax for 50k bracket = $54996652435.725 Taxes on average over a working career lost because of people who dropped out of collage without a associates degree because of lack of jokes in education.

$303011859150-$54996652435.725 =$248015206714.275 weighed loss

($248015206714.275 / 1000000)/.87945 =$282011.7195 weighed loss per person after taxes across their entire career on average for not having a associates

This only accounts for public collage it doesn’t account for private and for profit.Using averages you can clearly see from the number that comedy in school is no laughing matter.

Work cited:

Garner, R. L. “Humor in Pedagogy: How Ha-Ha Can Lead to Aha!.” College Teaching 2006: 177. JSTOR Journals. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372

https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_ctr.asp

http://associatesdegrees.com/associates-degree-holder-average-salary/

https://smartasset.com/retirement/average-retirement-age-in-every-state

https://interactive.taxfoundation.org/taxgraph/FAQ.html

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Lindy West Revised

Lindy West is a female comedian who wrote an Open letter to white male comedians that is posted on Jezebel.com back in 5/10/2013 and confronts the negative feedback she received in her post How to make a rape joke. The Preamble of her letter talks about hostility toward women in the comedic sector. She talks about how women are often discriminated against when criticizing topics, even when those same women are more experienced then their critics. Women are 50% of the world population but are treated as a niche group.

She criticizes how shes is being criticized for implying take people should treat rape victims as seriously as shootings. Pointing to  Oswalt’s message about Aurora theater shooting. Where the point was made about not joking about the shooting and its victims to respect the people who lost their lives and deny they killer publicity. The absurdity of not treating rape victims with the same respect as victims of gun violence is madness.If someone is hurt physically and dies, and someone is hurt mentally and dies from suicide.Who’s more dead?

Comedy has a social responsibility.It can be used to confront social issues people don’t otherwise like to talk about. It can bring change and shape a society. But there are two sides to every coin. Comedy can be used to perpetuate problems, hurt victims,and drive people apart. Every person on the other of the joke is still human.Humans have different experiences and ways of handling physical and mental pain.If you punch the oceans it won’t do much,but if you punch a baby duck you’ll kill it.Making jokes at the expense of victims is not justified because it hurts people who are the most vulnerable.

At the end of the day, she talks about how no one can stop you from being hurtful or making theses jokes that drive people apart. That is your choice,but don’t expect that you wont get paddled by critics.Every joke you tell effects someone’s life, so are you going to tell jokes that improve life or are you going to go for easy targets.My recommendation, Think, then speak.

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Talking funny Revised

Talking Funny is an HBO TV movie featuring Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld is 40-50 minutes long. These four famous comedians talking about what it’s like being a famous comedian and how their comedy affects each other and themselves. From this casual talk show we see some major ideas that shows why these comedians are successful and what it’s like to be a comedian.

Most comedian fear not getting their message across and coming off as unfunny or offensive.It really comes off clear that without proper understanding of the audience and what their act’s message the bit is doomed. For example the story of the rookie comedy guitarist who flopped telling jokes like “Sitting on a cock cause I’m gay.” What message does a joke like that offer? That gay people are gay? Regardless of message the point is that comedy isn’t just making people laugh, it need meaning to it.

C.K stated “Comedy is taking people to places that they have fear, foreboding, and making them laugh in that place.” By this quote, we can infer that people have foreboding ideas that they prefer not to think of. Good comedy can make people think about these ideas in ways they may never otherwise found on their own.

We see that comedy isn’t just someone talking, its different than that. Comedians often times use facade and say some pretty extreme things to contrast the ideas we see commonly in day to day by turning them to eleven. This is shown when Louis says “I’ve said things on stage that if any person was to take them as statements I would look like the worst person alive, but that’s what makes the bit work.”

In closing, these comedians are famous not just because they think of new and creative humor, but because that creative humor has a meaning behind it that confronts problems that saturate our society that people often won’t face on their own, especially in a positive light. They put time and effort into perfecting their act and looking at what their deeper message is.

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Unit 1 Portfolio Reflection

Unit 1 Portfolio Refection

 

In the spring of 2017 I created a research blog on WordPress.com for a work portfolio. At the time of writing this unit 1 of my class is almost over and I’ve been asked to Synthesis everything I’ve done in unit 1. The main idea of unit 1 was to teach The Role of the Comedian in Society whose humor is used to confront problems that saturate society that other forums of discussion prefer to avoid. Thus, people are able to talk about these problems in a way that educates and is enjoyable, and so will reach a larger audience.

Public pedagogy through comedy is a reoccurring motif across all my posts so far.

In my McClennen essay I write about how sadistic comedy and satire affect people’s morals and how they think of other human beings. In my talking funny review, I write how Seinfeld edits his DVD he releases, because he believes that his work has such an impact on the people he doesn’t want to distract from the main idea. In How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha! We see scientific evidence proving that humor can improve a student’s ability to recall a subject by 11%. According to the nces.ed.gov the population of the US in college students in the US was 20.5 million students. To put that into perspective 11% is 2,255,000 students. In 2016 the average salary of a bachelors worker right out of collage is $50,556.The average salary of a worker with no collage degree is $30,000.That’s $20,556 per person lost, meaning because teachers don’t throw in an occasional joke the US loses $46,353,780,000 in potential income every year.

Who could have thought that comedy in schools was no joke? But I digress from my main point that, the Role of the Comedian in Society is to make people question and think about problems in society. In my summery of Proud to Be an American Satirist I wrote about McClennen’s use of Henry Giroux’s theory of public pedagogy, which argues that most learning takes place outside the traditional classroom and that public culture is often the primary means through which society acquires knowledge and learns to model social interactions. When you think of how many high school students, college students, and young adults view this material and repeat its jokes without knowing the reference material. So, when we talk about 20.5 million students where 46 Billion dollars are on the line, public pedagogy has more influence in our country then people realize. It cost us 46 Billion just to not use humor, just imagine the damage of using it in a negative way. I also stated in my summery of McClennen’s work that humor used to devalue human suffering was indeed destructive to social improvement because it undermines the very ideas satire tries to change.  Not only do people suffer but so do the resources and productivity that those people supply.  Even if no one was offended by the joke, if no one thinks the joke was funny, then you have impeded everyone’s work flow and yielded no results or improvement. Also, How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha! States that if a joke is not relevant or jokes are told too often they found that students don’t get that 11% improvement. So, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Amazing how the idea of what a comedian role in society has led to importance of public, statics potential economic loss, and the danger of negative comedy on the public.

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Article Summery

Humor in Pedagogy: How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha!

 

Flash points

  • humor can be an effective tool to make a class more enjoyable, reduce anxiety, and improve the learning setting
  • positive effect on student enjoyment and content retention.
  • The use of appropriate humor can facilitate a more relaxed atmosphere and provide a cognitive break that allows the student to assimilate the information

 

            The Role of the Comedian in Society is to educate of problems through the use of humor. This has been shown to have a positive response if done correctly. According to this academic study a joke that is topic related can improve people’s ability to recall a subject by 11%. So just by saying something funny and related you can educate 11 out of 100 people statistically speaking. In-fact humor improves more than just test scores according to L. Garner (author of article) “Humor can be an effective tool to make a class more enjoyable, reduce anxiety, and improve the learning setting. “So, without using any resources just by occasionally saying something funny can reduce anxiety, improve learning, and make a positive effect on student enjoyment and content retention. They theorize that the use of appropriate humor can facilitate a more relaxed atmosphere and provide a cognitive break that allows the student to assimilate the information. When they performed the study, they used statistics course because of how dull the students considered the original material. So needless to say, we could be looking at even higher success rates in other topics.

In the future, Role of the Comedian will most likely be the same. However instead talking about a social problem in satirical ways, we may find that the line between the education field and comedic entertainment may start to haze together. As schools and university may require that teachers have a minimum number of jokes per course unit, in order to maximize education. It may not be something that would happen in a year or two but if we’re a society built on education then it is only logical that we would take advantage of a natural phenomenon. Computers where originally considered unsuitable for control systems that influence life, now we build life support machines dependent on them. It would be as simple as changing collage requirements to be a teacher to having some comedy courses instead of more electives.

 

Work cited:

Garner, R. L. “Humor in Pedagogy: How Ha-Ha Can Lead to Aha!.” College Teaching 2006: 177. JSTOR Journals. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

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Research Articles

I picked “Humor in pedagogy:How Ha-Ha can Lead to Aha!”

Garner, R. L. “Humor in Pedagogy: How Ha-Ha Can Lead to Aha!.” College Teaching 2006: 177. JSTOR Journals. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

Fulmer, Ellie Fitts, and Nia Nunn Makepeace. “It’s Okay To Laugh, Right?”: Toward A Pedagogy Of Racial Comedy In Multicultural Education.” Penn GSE Perspectives On Urban Education 12.1 (2015): 38-53. ERIC. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

Miller, Daisy S. “The Pedagogy Of Riffing: Cultivating Meta-Awareness And Citizenship Through Metacommentary.” Composition Forum 33.(2016): ERIC. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.

 

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Open letter essay

When a person needs to address a topic to a single person or group but also is intended for publication. Normally open letters are written to critic or educated the reader on a subject.Open letters are normally an overlooked genre of literature in the modern day but this was not always the case. Open letters have been around for much of human history as a way to criticize and address problems in a group,society, or person.Even in modern day open letters are still written but their publicity compared to something like news is lack luster.In fact just last year(2016) the Scholars for Peace release another open letter, criticizing Turkish government’s military intervention in Kurdistan. Many famous people have wrote open letters, like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Martin Luther King, even the company Google has wrote an open letter.

Wherever,Whenever  a point needs to get across open letters are ideal.They’re able to be delivered by mail,electronically, or just public posted.By their nature of media they can always be about current topic because new letters are always being created.The only real draw back to open letters is that once they’re posted there is no way to undo what has been read. Until recently, It was also difficult to edit a letter.If there was a mistake or a flaw the only way to fix it was catch it before people read the letter.In the end,its a media that is timeless as the wind shifting from topic to topic,each letter addressing a problem of the time.

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Lindy West’s open letter critical essay

Lindy West is a female comedian who wrote an Open letter to white male comedians that is posted on Jezebel.com confronts the negative feedback she received in her post How to make a rape joke. The Preamble of her letter talks about hostility toward women in the comedic sector. She talks about how women are often discriminated against when criticizing topics, even when those same women are more experienced then their critics. Later stating women are 50% of the world population but are treated as a niche group.

She points out how male comedians treat rape victims less seriously then shootings by talking about Oswalt’s message about Aurora theater. Where Oswalt made a point about not joking about the shooting and its victims. The absurdity of not treating rape victims with the same respect as victims of gun violence is madness that she skillfully highlights.

Later on it talks about the social responsibility of comedy. Comedy can be used to confront social issues people don’t otherwise like to talk about. It can bring change and shape a society. But there are two sides to every coin. Comedy can be used to perpetuate problems, hurt victims,and drive people apart. Every person on the other of the joke is still human. A bad joke is just as hurtful as if you said it to their face, whether you mean it or not. So when her critics say “its just a joke” no, no its not.

At the end of the day, she talks about how no one can stop you from being hurtful or making theses jokes that drive people apart. That is your choice. However, she has just as much right to criticize others just as much as they do her. Comedy doesn’t belong to any one person, it belongs to everyone,whether they use to for good or evil.

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Talking funny critical essay

Talking Funny featuring Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld is 40-50-minute video about these four famous comedians talking about what it’s like being a famous comedian. From this casual talk show we see some major ideas that shows why these comedians are successful and what it’s like to be a comedian.

Louis C.K said “Comedy is taking people to places that they have fear, foreboding, and making them laugh in that place.” By this quote, we can infer that people have foreboding ideas that they prefer not to think of. However, good comedy can make people think about these ideas in ways they may never otherwise found on their own.

Later on, we see that comedy isn’t just someone talking, its different than that. We see that comedians often times use facade and say some pretty extreme things to contrast the ideas we see commonly in day to day by turning them to eleven. This is shown when Louis says “I’ve said things on stage that if any person was to take them as statements I would look like the worst person alive, but that’s what makes the bit work.”

It’s so important the messages of their work that they often throw out or edit parts of their act that may distract form the message at hand. Ricky Gervais stated “I go back over the footage they’re going to put on the DVD and cut out the bits I didn’t really like. The ones that really didn’t do anything for the bit.” All the comedians have their preferred message and how to get the audience to receive it, and what parts to cut out for interfering with that message. For example, Chris Rock sometimes repeats the punch line to get his point across. Louis C.K replaces his material he dislikes. This shows how the message the comedian is trying to get across influences their act.

In closing, these comedians are famous not just because they think of new and creative humor, but because that creative humor has a meaning behind it that confronts problems that saturate our society that people often won’t face on their own, especially in a positive light. They put time and effort into perfecting their act and looking at what their deeper message is.

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Revised Critical essay About McClennen’s Satire

Flash points:

  • “This was humor to have fun and enjoy life, not to ask questions or challenge the status quo.”
  • In addition, Lewis points to the damage done by jokes that tend to dismiss troubling subjects through amusement and silliness, downplaying real pain and suffering,and threatening compassion and concern for others.
  • This idea draws on Henry Giroux’s theory of public pedagogy,which argues

    that most learning takes place outside the traditional classroom and that public culture is often the primary means through which society acquires knowledge and learns to model social interactions.

In pages 68-95 of Proud To Be An American Satirist the author Sophia McClennen’s establishes that Humor that doesn’t make the audience ask questions or challenge the status-quo offers no substance. She talks about comedy scene shortly after the 9/11 attack“shortly after the 9/11 attacks some suggested that humor was a necessary balm, a therapeutic act that could help heal a wounded nation…..This was humor to have fun and enjoy life, not to ask questions or challenge the status quo.”

From this we see that humor can help heal but without making the reader ask real world questions can never be anything more then something to be used then discarded. If healing humor exist so does its inverse.

Humor that distracts from real issues by downplaying them or writing them off completely is destructive. McClennen quotes Paul Lewis talking about sadistic humor “In addition, Lewis points to the damage done by jokes that tend to dismiss troubling subjects through amusement and silliness, downplaying real pain and suffering,and threatening compassion and concern for others.”In this we see opposite side of comedy and how it can used to twist human morality. So the question is who is it twisting?

She goes on to explain how media educates us saying “This idea draws on Henry Giroux’s theory of public pedagogy,which argues that most learning takes place outside the traditional classroom and that public culture is often the primary means through which society acquires knowledge and learns to model social interactions.”When you think of how many high school students, collage students,and young adults view this material and repeat its jokes, now can you understand the importance of its venue. McClennen overlooks some of the other forms of comedy like South Park.

McClennen claims that Pseudo-Satires like South Park offer only cynical humor with no real attempt to get people to think about problems. A bold claim considering IMDb actually rates South Park higher then The Colbert Report. By south park’s 14th Premiere it had 3.7 million viewers compared to Colbert’s 2 million.As for South Park lacking in satirical content I would have to disagree. In fact there is even a wiki page dedicated to sorting through the main satirical themes of the show. As well online discussions all over the internet and Reddit talking about the meanings behind each episode.

In the end McClennen did well to research Satirical comedy and back up her thesis, but was too hasty in writing off other forums of comedy

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About Me(Luke Levine)

My life is collage now,i have no time for hobby or games anymore.This is fine.1d2

Anyway back when my down time wasn’t theoretical I was either on the computer or building something. Sometimes I was called upon to repair other peoples computers,oh the horror. The virus,the defrags,the optimizations, there was such neglect. Anyway I’m trying to become an engineer of the Electrical and Computer variety. As for music,all music is legal tender to me. From jazz undertones, to what maybe called noise I see it as a conveyance of feeling.

Unit 1 Final

The idea of society teaching outside of a conventional classroom is called Public pedagogy.By extension a comedian’s role is to use humor to confront problems that saturate society.Public pedagogy through comedy is a powerful learning tool,but like a hammer comedy can be used to improve or destroy.

So what really is public pedagogy? Henry Giroux’s theory of public pedagogy, which argues that most learning takes place outside the traditional classroom. That public culture is often the primary means through which society acquires knowledge and learns to model social interactions.This means that satire and other forums of comedy that make people think about real world problems have a positive impact on society by educating the people.Humor that disconnects people  inspires people to be deafened to human suffering.That intern leads to hostile learning environments and other social problems that could have been prevented.

If an audience is to learn a joke must have a message Talking Funny is an HBO special of four popular comedians( Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld) talking about their work. Rock’s joke about white porn .vs. black porn resonated with Seinfeld making him draw to the conclusion that black people live in a different world then white people.Just by telling a joke he reevaluated his perception.

Without a message a joke can’t teach anything and will only occupy time.C.K story of a bombing comedian pointed out that he lacked a message or purpose in his joke. His joke of “Siting on a cock cause I’m gay.” offers no substance to think about. Like wise it only perpetuates stereotypes rather than examining them.

In Taking South Park Seriously we read about how its impossible for a group that has been stereotyped to ever full assimilate into a society.The reason being is their will always be that stereotype in the minds of the society and the minority. Comedy that examines these stereotypes in order to change perception about them for the better.Comedy that doesn’t examine the stereotype in question can only maintain the status quo.

McClennen wrote about how sadistic comedy and satire affect people’s morals in Proud To Be An American Satirist.Sadist humor for example can devalue human life leading to almost sociopath behavior.McClennen points to the torture used in Abu Ghraib prison during the war in Iraq.Specifically Sabrina Harman who was a guard at the prison during the time,  who attached electrical wires to a prisoners fingers, toes, and penis because she was “playing with him”. I can’t see how a humor that devalues the human suffering could be a good thing.

In How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha! We see scientific evidence proving that humor can improve learning in a classroom environment.a students ability to recall information on a  subject rose by 11% when a joke was told every 15 minutes. According to the nces.ed.gov the population of the US in college students in the US was 20.5 million students.If jokes where told in every class for 2 years.I estimated a minimum $282011.7195 gain across each student’s working career.

Not only do people suffer but so do the resources and productivity that those people supply.  A joke without purpose can only serve to waste. In How Ha-ha Can Lead to Aha! States that if a joke is not relevant or jokes are told too often they found that students don’t get that 11% improvement. A comedian role is to critique society in a effort to improve it.It influences the public sector, economic sector, and politics. Consider the changes in history that were inspired through forums of comedy like the American revolution.Comedy is no joke, especially when that joke can change the world!