Comedy in Social Media

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I’d like to think we all have an interpersonal relationship with comedy. Everyone has their own unique sense of humor that is comprised of their own life experiences and memories. But now that all of our life experiences and memories seem to be migrating towards a digital space, it seems like the resulting void has altered the way we laugh, as well.

In an article by Christine Erickson on Mashable.com she recounts the rise and fall of a trending topic on Twitter during the Social Media Week in NYC. The trend was “#RejectedGroupons.”

These topics almost appear as tiny games that are played throughout the Twitter community. People will all post their attempt at humor and hope it catches like wildfire. Comedians like Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman  are among the celebrities who spearhead many of these campaigns and have the power (followers) to get a “game” going in almost no time.

The most interesting part about these little momentary trending topics is how original the humor can be. Not to say it is ALL original, but the media through which we intake information has changed in a way that has allowed us to expand the ways we see humor. Comedy is just a more specific type of communication, and in the same ways we have expanded our methods and channels of communication, we have expanded our ability to laugh.

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