The Wit of Judge Rinder: Judges, Humour and Popular Culture

28 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2019

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Leslie J. Moran

School of Law Birkbeck College, University of London

Date Written: February 27, 2019

Abstract

English abstract: Judge Rinder is a British reality TV court show. It has much in common with the US archetype Judge Judy. But there are differences. One is Judge Rinder’s humour, and more specifically his wit. Using a research database of Judge Rinder cases. The article examines the nature and effects of humour in this courtroom setting. It explores the role of the judge, the form the humour takes and the interactions and social relations it generates. A distinctive feature of the analysis is consideration of the impact of the audio-visual techologiestechnologies, and the techniques and conventions developed around them, upon the interactions and social relations the on screen humour generates with viewers. While the camera aligns the screen audience with the judge and the laughter track infects the audience with emotion the judge generates, the paper cautions against assuming that all viewers have the same emotional experience.

Spanish abstract: Judge Rinder es un reality show judicial británico. Tiene mucho en común con el arquetipo de Judge Judy, de EEUU; pero hay diferencias. Una consiste en el humor del juez Rinder, y, más en concreto, en su ingenio. Utilizando una base de datos de investigación de los casos de Judge Rinder, el artículo analiza la naturaleza y los efectos del humor en ese escenario judicial. Explora el rol del juez, la forma que adquiere el humor y las interacciones y relaciones sociales que éste genera. Una característica distintiva del análisis es la consideración del impacto de las tecnologías audiovisuales, y de las técnicas y convenciones desarrolladas alrededor de aquéllas, sobre las interacciones y las relaciones sociales que el humor televisivo genera en los espectadores. Mientras la cámara alinea a la audiencia con el juez y la risa contagia a la audiencia la emoción generada por el juez, el artículo advierte contra la deducción de que todos los espectadores experimentan una misma emoción.

Keywords: Judge Rinder, reality TV court shows, Judge Judy, emotions, humour, laughter, television, reality shows judiciales, emociones, humor, risa, televisión

Suggested Citation

Moran, Leslie J., The Wit of Judge Rinder: Judges, Humour and Popular Culture (February 27, 2019). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3343363

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