A Framework for the Study of Computer-Oriented Humor (Cohum)

CIS Working Paper No. 2003-01

21 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2006

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Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: August 2003

Abstract

All humor is to some extent cultural and, perhaps to that same extent, humor serves to define, explain and enhance our understanding of a particular culture. The computer industry, now over 50 years old, is a mature culture characterized by industriousness, creativity, energy, bureaucracy and wit. The computer itself has lately become something of a cultural icon or signpost. Yet the computer industry has always seemed to breed its own special brand of humor - intelligent, somewhat superior, slyly subversive - even from its very earliest days.

This paper is to explores computer-oriented humor (COHUM) in order to provide a framework, and a comprehensive categorization, and to place COHUM in the context of the much broader study of humor. In investigating COHUM some of the most interesting findings were: the abundance of antiestablishment humor and of hermetic, knowledge-based humor. Recognition of the importance of bonding humor and especially the I-get-it variety of bonding humor. As so often happens, an intimate investigation of the specific has led to innovations in the more general field of humor study.

Keywords: computer humor, in group humor

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Linda Weiser and Friedman, Hershey H., A Framework for the Study of Computer-Oriented Humor (Cohum) (August 2003). CIS Working Paper No. 2003-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=907710 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.907710

Linda Weiser Friedman (Contact Author)

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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