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Not Seeing the Joke: The Overlooked Role of Humour in Media Production Research
Conference Papers
  • Edward Brennan, Dublin Institute of Technology
Document Type
Conference Paper
Publication Date
2010-1-1
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Publication Details

European Sociological Association, Communications and Media Research Network Conference, Athens, 29-30 October 2010.

Abstract

This paper attempts to offer a methodological contribution to media production research. By reconsidering an earlier case study, and reviewing relevant literature, it illustrates how humour can fulfill several functions in media production. Importantly, humour is a central means of performing the ‘emotional labour’ that increasingly precarious media work demands. Methodologically, the everyday joking and banter of media workers can provide an important and, heretofore, overlooked means of accessing culture, meaning, consensus and conflict in media organisations. The article argues that humour’s organisational role should be considered when designing production research.

Citation Information
Brennan, E. 2010. Not Seeing the Joke: The Overlooked Role of Humour in Media Production Research. Conference Paper: European Sociological Association, Communications and Media Research Network Conference. Athens. 30 October 2010.