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  • 1. “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID” Online Humor, Performance, and Collaboration Megan K. Mize
  • 2. HUMOR & ONLINE COMMUNITIES• Promotes community building• Encourages the exchange of ideas• Decreases fear of judgment• Allows creation of multiple spaces• Permits fluid constructions of identity• Enables Creativity and Productivity
  • 3. DIGITAL SPACESDifferent Forms of Humor Signal Perceived Spaces
  • 4. CONSTRUCTION OF GROUP IDENTITYShared Humor Suggests Shared Values
  • 5. BEYOND LOLCATSCollaborative Humor Emerges During Online Composition Even Within Academia
  • 6. LITERATURE AND THEORY• Ron and Suzanne Scollon: Sociolinguistic “face” as “The negotiated public image, mutually granted each other by participants in a communicative event” (45).• Paul Willis: Participatory culture as one in which, “people creatively respond to a plethora of electronic signals and cultural commodities in ways that surprise their makers, finding meanings and identities never meant to be there…”• Gregg Camfield: “humor opens positive cognitive possibilities…even creating new neural pathways, open spaces for learning.”• Katherine Hayles: “Current evidence suggests that we are now in a new phase of the dance between epigenetic changes in brain function and the evolution of new reading and writing modalities on the Web.”• Cathy Davidson: “As long as we focus on the object we know, we will miss the new one we need to see. The process of unlearning in order to relearn demands a new concept of knowledge not as thing but as a process, not as a noun but as a verb.”
  • 7. QUESTIONSHow is the digital experience changing humor?How does online humor aid in the construction of multiple identities for a singleindividual?How might the anonymity of some sites actually increase that sense of belonging?
  • 8. QUESTIONS• Are the stakes then higher for academics who must identify themselves? Does humor offer a safeguard for potential missteps in the performance?• How might humor in digital spaces function as a valuable cultural tool, not simply in terms of critique and subversion, but in terms of productivity?• Is online humor a homogenizing force?