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.