reading in context: Theories

reading in context: Theories

Reading 4 – Adolescent Humor During Peer Interaction

There are four kinds of humor that these children use: Memorized Jokes, funny stories, practical jokes and humorous behavior. Memorized jokes are jokes that these children have heard before from a lot of different origins like peers, family, social media and are told again to friends. Funny stories are stories told to mainly their friends. These funny stories consist of some kind of rule being broken by themselves or another student. Practical jokes most often have to do with taking or wrecking something of someone else’s. It’s a way for the jokester to get attention. The last one is Humorous behavior, which is thought to be a way to channel and act out what are commonly forbidden subjects, and it is usually in small groups of girls and it is included in their regular communication.

They collected their data using the observational method. Each observer sat on the opposite ends of the cafeteria with different groups. One group was middle to low class backgrounds and the other group was lower class backgrounds. They had lunch with them twice a week.

I think that if they would have been in another setting of sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the outcome would have probably been the same because at those grade levels and ages that is how they communicate when subjects are sensitive and are in a protected group where they can say things and not be judged as bad.

Reading 5 – Miscounting Race: Explaining Whites’ misperceptions of Racial Group Size

Racial innumeracy is exaggerating the population of an ethnic group, mainly black people and the who is, that white people overestimate the non-white population mostly the black people. The reason for this is because media especially over represent the black people in a negative way. If it’s not in a negative way then it has to do with sports. When we see on TV or hear about crimes it’s almost always thrown in our faces over and over again on the...

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