Sense of Humour

Being involved in a couple of forums, I've noticed something interesting about how we express our sense of humour.

An excellent article on the subject is: (external - login to view)

An quote from it:

Some researchers believe that computer-mediated communication {CMC} lacks the natural richness and interaction of interpersonal communication than face-to-face interaction (Rice & Love, 1987). Others have found that although the initial impression building in CMC is slower than FtF {face to face} (Walther, 1993), associations can be developed online and can be as deep and meaningful as traditional relationships.

Humor is an embedded socioemotional aspect of human's character. It is a "specially marked, artful way of speaking that sets up or represents a special interpretive frame within which the act of speaking is to be understood" (Bauman and Briggs, 1990). Many nonverbal cues also exist in relating humor, such as a wink, gesture, posture, and facial expression. The absence of non-verbal and other material cues to identity frees participants of online discourse of the dependency of physical materials. One way to express emotion online is through emoticons

Another site I found that discusses the issue is: (external - login to view)

I've found myself wondering at times whether a post is meant in seriousness or in jest. It's easy to take what someone says as literal when they are being humourous or sarcastic.

I just find this topic very interesting and thought others might have a comment or two about it. [/quote]
Annoying Things To Do On An Elevator

1) CRACK open your briefcase or handbag, peer Inside and ask "Got enough air in there?"
2) STAND silent and motionless in the corner facing the wall without getting off.
3) WHEN arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act as if you're embarrassed when they open themselves.
4) GREET everyone with a warm handshake and ask him or her to call you Admiral.
5) MEOW occasionally.
6) STARE At another passenger for a while. Then announce in horror: "You're one of THEM" - and back away slowly
7) SAY -DING at each floor.
SAY "I wonder what all these do?" And push all the red buttons.
9) MAKE explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
10) STARE, grinning at another passenger for a while, then announce: "I have new socks on."
11) WHEN the elevator is silent, look around and ask: "Is that your beeper?"
12) TRY to make personal calls on the emergency phone.
13) DRAW a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers: "This is my personal space."
14) WHEN there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder, then pretend it wasn't you.
15) PUSH the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
16) ASK if you can push the button for other people but push the wrong ones.
17) HOLD the doors open and say you're waiting for your friend. After a while, let the doors close and say "Hi Greg, How's your day been?"
1 DROP a pen and wail until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream: "That's mine!"
19) BRING a camera and take pictures of everyone in the lift.
20) PRETEND you're a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the Passengers.
21) SWAT at flies that don't exist.
22) CALL out "Group hug" then enforce it.
Quote: Originally Posted by Cosmo

I've found myself wondering at times whether a post is meant in seriousness or in jest. It's easy to take what someone says as literal when they are being humourous or sarcastic.

Cosmo, just so you know that I care and I'm concerned. The above post by Pea is humorous, and not to be taken literally. :P
oh! well to bad I did not know that the last time I was in a elevator
o0o0o0o i havent laughed so hard since i read those in Jr. High...........< sarcasim
o0o0o0o i really love those.....< not sarcasim

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