Vol 3 No 3 (2021): “Any Media… is hilarious”
“Any Media… is hilarious”

It is difficult to imagine a society where humor is completely absent. From ancient times to the present day, this phenomenon performs the most important functions: from psychological détente to reflection of the socio-cultural and political atmosphere in which this or that community resides. Since the XVIII century, it has also become an instrument of mass communication and political struggle, and becomes an integral part of the mass media.

We used in the title of this special issue for a reason the paraphrase of Will Rogers' saying in Marshall McLuhan's book "Media Understanding" (the original sounds like this: "Any newspaper read aloud from a theater stage is hilarious"), because the well-known thesis of the Toronto School of Communication Theory about the mutual influence of communication and the media, which transmits it, can be reactivated in the direction of the mutual influence of humor as a way to interpret information, on the one hand, and specific media as a way to convey this information, on the other. But in this context a number of important issues for modern communications researchers arise: what happens to media once it is "infected" by humor? Does humor necessarily satisfy the need for entertainment, as claimed by Neil Postman? Can humor have a "serious face"? Parody, caricature, irony, satire -- is there something constructive in them for communication? Does "Humor is always a monopoly of the semi-literate" (McLuhan)?

Issue Editor: Sergey A. Troitskiy, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia / Saint Petersburg State University. Saint Petersburg, Russia. Email: sergtroy[at]yandex.ru

Full Issue
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Introduction

Sergey A. Troitskiy, Rastyam T. Aliev
17-29
“Any Media… is hilarious”: Introduction to the Issue
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General Humor Theory

Arkadiusz Bednarczuk; Sergey A. Troitskiy
30-45
The Genealogy of Ancient Comedy in the Representation of Olga Mikhailovna Freidenberg (Russian Translation)
Abstract views: 179 | PDF Downloads: 104
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Tatiana A. Balakireva, Mariia N. Mogilevich
46-60
On the Educational Potential of Humor, Science Fiction, and Game
Abstract views: 177 | PDF Downloads: 85
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Humor in the “Old” Media

Viktor L. Levchenko, Nina I. Kovalova
61-82
The Boundaries of Funniness and the Dilution of Audience Identity in the Musical-Dramatic Art
Abstract views: 158 | PDF Downloads: 72
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Beata Waligorska-Olejniczak
83-97
Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Remediation of Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin’s Traditions. The Case of “Leviathan” and “The Golovlyov Family”
Abstract views: 259 | PDF Downloads: 121
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Victoria Baltag
98-109
Humour in Film as a Method of Expression
Abstract views: 156 | PDF Downloads: 82
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Jack Black
110-121
Slipping on Banana Skins and Falling Through Bars: “True” Comedy and the Comic Character
Abstract views: 180 | PDF Downloads: 99
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Funny COVID-19

Anna Luise Kiss
238-258
Humorous Audio-Visual Lockdown Works
Abstract views: 134 | PDF Downloads: 82
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Elena E. Zavyalova
259-295
Russian Anecdotes on the "Corona" Theme: Problematics and Poetics
Abstract views: 385 | PDF Downloads: 281
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New Issues of New Media

Catherine Evans Davies; Maria V. Semikolennykh
296-320
The Interpretive Challenges of American Presidential Discourse Described as Joking (Russian Translation)
Abstract views: 108 | PDF Downloads: 72
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David Layton
321-343
Being Human: Androids, Humans, and Identity in “Red Dwarf”
Abstract views: 136 | PDF Downloads: 81
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Bethany Rose Lamont
344-373
Amusing Abusers and Humourless Survivors: Analysing the Role of Comedy in Media Representations of Sexual Violence
Abstract views: 149 | PDF Downloads: 78
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Irina P. Busurkina
374-389
Ethics and Values in the Digital Environment: by the Example of Parody Videos on TikTok
Abstract views: 190 | PDF Downloads: 105
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