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Looking for truth in absurdity: humour as community-building and dissidence against authoritarianism

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posted on 09.03.2021, 10:28 authored by Umut Korkut, Aidan McGarryAidan McGarry, Itir Erhart, Hande Eslen-Ziya, Olu Jenzen
What makes humour an honest and a direct communication tool for people? How do social networking and digital media transmit user-generated political and humorous content? Our research argues that the way in which humour is deployed through digital media during protest action allows protestors to assert humanity and sincerity against dehumanising political manipulation frameworks. Humorous content, to this extent, enables and is indicative of independent thinking and creativity. It causes contemplation, confronts the hegemonic power of the oppressor, and challenges fear and apathy. In order to conduct this research, we collected and analysed tweets shared during the Gezi Park protests. Gezi Parkı was chosen as the keyword since it was an unstructured and neutral term. Among millions of visual images shared during the protests, we concentrate on those that depict humour both in photography and video formats.

Funding

The Aesthetics of Protest: Visual Culture and Communication in Turkey

Arts and Humanities Research Council

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History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

International Political Science Review

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by SAGE under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Publication date

2021-01-04

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0192-5121

eISSN

1460-373X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Aidan McGarry. Deposit date: 9 March 2021