VIRUS HUMOUR - now an historical document
When the material below was written there was little foresight into recurring waves of infection. The notion of humour was valiant to say the least. Yes, we must maintain a positivity but to laugh out loud at virus jokes has become almost impossible.
Trying Viral Times
Right - the Covid19 pest has been with us for several months now. Having collected Covid19 humour out of curiosity, the collection now has a new purpose as an historical document. Cartoons form a way of framing social issues as seen in a paper by Professor Linus Abraham. He also notes “Cartoons as uniquely visual forms of communication, signify their meanings and offer deep reflection, rather than just simple a passing chuckle.” Further, they are powerful in interesting ways. For a moment cartoons take you away from stress - this moment of relief is named "Pattern Interrupt". This power is well used by advertising companies - for example, using cartoons on breakfast cereal packaging - relax and eat.
The "Make a Smile" collection is now here in one place. Smile and cringe at the same time! Contributions are welcome. Click to enlarge.
But the virus is losing its humour side - fast. Done with collecting, the collection has a new edge. Low and behold, hey presto - it has become an historical paper - with a dose of optimism. The collection can be perceived as a reflection of state of minds in a pandemic, using humour to help relieve a burden, something to do when in isolation.
A very interesting thought would be to examine humour of this time in other cultures. Is there any? If there was, has it continued given the gravity of situations in some parts of the globe.
The following research sums up facets of humour.
"Humor is (typically) good
By examining humor's antecedents, we will also better understand (and harness) humor's many benefits.
Humor appears to help people's psychological and physical well-being - for example, helping folks cope with stress and adversity. Humor even seems to help people grieve: Dacher Keltner and colleagues found that people who spontaneously experienced amusement and laughter when discussing a deceased spouse showed better emotional adjustment in the years following the spouse's death.
But humor has physical benefits, too. Laughter - especially a hearty laugh - has been shown to benefit your circulation, lungs and muscles (especially those around the belly area). Humor also helps people deal with pain and physical adversity. Hollywood even made a movie, Patch Adams, about the benefits of humor in clinical settings."
In summary - smile and laugh!!! HOME