CCC On Humor, irony and sarcasm
- Cross cultural differences and simillarities among group members is
indeed an interesting topic to discuss further. I think that we may have
developed a kind of internal Webhead lingo to amuse ourselves and
signalize our local insider position. Just think of all the personal
hints to previous sessions where we did have some kind of fun; probably
most of these small brain teasers are impossible for the newbie or
occasional participant to grasp. This may be an implicit part of the
humor available to the uses of simple Tapped In features - but this
kind of inside humor develops over time, I believe. Think of how often
food is coming up. Not always in very relevant situations, just inserted
for fun, and maybe to create a feeling of sutiatedness, or being there
together, sharing something tangible. Or, just look at the way we
sometimes use the mood option: SusanneN [narrowminded]
Rita mentions how teachers try to balance the blatant tv language with
. "People here tend to be either overtly humourous or standoffish. TV
fosters "blatant" language, while teachers demand "solemnity". Still in a
process of change, I guess.
It´s quite enriching to hear and compare more...
And Michael was surprised of the Dutch blatant humor performed on tv.
I found this amazing passage on a homepage for international students at
the Unversity of Aarhus, Denmark, and even if this kind of generalization
might be too narrow, there is some truth to this, especially about
informal directness and a general tendency to use sarcasm. Below, I quote
a longer passage so you get the context
THE DANES (the name for people in Denmark)
Danes are known to be friendly and easy-going. However, they are sometimes
considered to be somewhat reserved and private people. Thus, they rarely
take the initiative to meet new people. However, this should not
discourage foreigners. The majority of Danes love to meet people from
other cultural backgrounds and to practise their language skills, but it
will probably be up to the foreigner to take the first step to make new
contacts. A good way to do so is to join in social activities. Since
sports and other social activities mainly take place off campus, it is a
good idea to join one of the many sport clubs or social organisations. As
soon as those first few weeks have passed most people will find that Danes
are really quite sociable.
Danes tend to be rather relaxed and informal regarding both manners and
language. For instance, professors are often addressed by their first
name. This is not a sign of disrespect but is based on the horizontal
Danish social "hierarchy." Furthermore, the Danish language is very direct
and thus might in some cases seem impolite. Thus, when Danes communicate
in a foreign language they often continue to speak in this direct manner
without intending to be impolite.
Sarcasm and irony are also common features of the Danish culture and they
are often the most difficult forms of expression for foreigners to grasp.
Do not feel put off or offended by Danes using sarcasm, they just cannot
help it. "