Thursday, March 15, 2012
Eccentric (identity) Humor
Eccentric humor is based on the difference between what is customary, i.e., "normal," or what we are used to and what we find when we experience the abnormal or the deviant.
Absurd humor violates our sense of logic, our sense of the way we think and behave. There is a difference between those people who are considered strange (different, from other cultures) and people who are eccentric (different, from our own culture and society who deviate from the norms).
Arthur Asa Berger describes these people as "code violators." They do not live by our codes which, to us, seem quite reasonable and logical.
In the right context, this code violation puzzles and amuses us.