ugh just *kisses fingers*
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Hey guys, I've been seeing these memes
where muscular men at laptops explain
elementary concepts in some topic or other
to a nerdy-looking, curious kid. They really
make me laugh, but I can't quite put my
finger on why. It's not like there's any real
jokes in there or anything
First of all, I think this format makes excellent
use of a comedic technique called incongruity,
whereby viewers' preconceived notions are
upended by unexpected juxtapositions. In this
case, many people don't think of musclebound
traditionally masculine men as kind, intelligent
and eager to advise. While not a joke in any
conventional sense, this produces a humorous
King, I want to echo what you're saying and
also suggest that there's an even broader
employment of incongruity here. Viewers
expect earnest requests for basic information
to be met with vitriol due to a sense that
discourse on web forums is generally noxious.
The conviviality of the buff men's responses
runs totally counter to viewer's expectations.
It's not just muscular men that we presume to
be hotheaded and condescending - this kind
of unacceptable behavior is endemic to the
medium as a whole, and viewers are tickled to
see that dynamic inverted.
really think Chief hit on something with that
last response, and I want to add that part of
the appeal of the format lies in its warmth -
those of us who spend a lot of time online find
ourselves bathing in a sea of toxic discourse
but, for a cohort so frequently described as
overwhelmingly self-absorbed, I think that the
millennials making and consuming these
genuinely value humility - a lack of ego and
self-importance - and empathy - the ability
to understand others. The men in these
memes display these in spades and, through
the experience of incogruity, viewers are giver
theopportunity to deepen their own humility
and extend their sense of empathy.
>this unacceptable behaviour
That makes the whole thing more of a passive-aggressive than compassionate.
It's a condescending rant about some people's way of condicting a discussion dressed in nice words to disguise the vitriol
Also, notice how they're all agreeing with each other. There's no disagreement, skepticism, or real debate. This means:
- you can't really assess their humility
- they are in an echo chamber
Moreover, their use of exalted language means that:
- it is harder to understand what they mean and to argue with it
- what they say appears to be more smart / scientific / objective than it really is
- they can feel better than the unwashed masses incapable of using such vocabilary
In the end of the day, they're being elitist and manipulative, they're practicing groupthink, and using dishonest tactics to make it less likely for someone to notice flaws in their statements.
This is a very sneakily constructed manipulative meme. I'm impressed. Big congratz to the author.
@wolf480pl dude who even are you
@Dayglochainsaw a random who saw your post boosted by someone, read the text in the picture, and felt something was off...
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