Political Humor Appreciation and Political Dogmatism: The Role of Benign, Subversive, Undermining, and Supportive Humor Types

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, 16(4), 1-19 (2018)

19 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2018

See all articles by Kharisma Murti

Kharisma Murti

Bina Nusantara University (Binus)

Tommy Prayoga

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Psychology Department

Juneman Abraham

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Psychology Department

Tirta N. Mursitama

Bina Nusantara University - Department of International Relations

Date Written: November 21, 2018

Abstract

Humor has become a tool to ease social interactions as well as a way of presenting liberating thought to an audience. Regarding the context of humor in the political setting, humor can be used as a means of increasing morale and hope for individuals who feel discontent with the current political climate. Poking fun at politics has become even more widespread with the help of the Internet, which provides a medium in which different varieties of political humor are more easily accessible to the public. This study investigates the role of political humor appreciation types in predicting political dogmatism. The predictive-correlational design was conducted on 128 university students (67 males, 61 females; Mean of Age = 22.27 years old; Standard Deviation of Age = 3.33 years) in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia, recruited through convenience sampling technique. Multiple linear regression results showed that appreciation of the benign humor type has an inverse predictive relationship with political dogmatism. In contrast, appreciation of the subversive and undermining humor types can predict dogmatism in positive directions. Appreciation of the supportive humor type does not play a role in the dynamic of political dogmatism. The practical implication of this study is that the strategic use of each type of political humor needs to be carefully arranged so as not to be counterproductive.

Keywords: Political Humor, Appreciation, Dogmatism

Suggested Citation

Murti, Kharisma and Prayoga, Tommy and Abraham, Juneman and Mursitama, Tirta N., Political Humor Appreciation and Political Dogmatism: The Role of Benign, Subversive, Undermining, and Supportive Humor Types (November 21, 2018). The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, 16(4), 1-19 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3288222

Kharisma Murti

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) ( email )

Jl. K. H. Syahdan No. 9
Kemanggisan / Palmerah
Jakarta Barat, ID DKI Jakarta 11480
Indonesia

Tommy Prayoga

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Psychology Department ( email )

Jl. K. H. Syahdan No. 9
Kemanggisan / Palmerah
Jakarta Barat, 11480
Indonesia

Juneman Abraham (Contact Author)

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Psychology Department ( email )

Jl. K. H. Syahdan No. 9
Kemanggisan / Palmerah
Jakarta Barat, 11480
Indonesia
+62215345830 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://about.me/juneman

Tirta N. Mursitama

Bina Nusantara University - Department of International Relations ( email )

Jl. Kemanggisan Ilir III No. 45
Palmerah
Jakarta Barat, DKI Jakarta 11480
Indonesia
+62-21 534 5830 (Phone)
+62-21 530 0244 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://ir.binus.ac.id

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