Developing Humor Among Teenage Millennials

Kennedy Callaway, Editor

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Over the past decade, traditional social order has been challenged by rapid technological advancement, political magniloquence, economic downturn, and endless war. Much like the dadaists (art revolution of protest in Europe) after World War I, an avant-garde form of expression has taken root in social media. Incredible loss of faith in institutions and capitalism has made unstructured humor and outrageous headlines much more appealing to youthful audiences. With the recent rhetoric of politicians, social groups, and internet slang, teenage millennials have cultivated a nihilistic, absurdist brand of satirical humor as a response to these cultural environments.

Violence, sex, and profanity have become so commonplace in the media and the only remaining frontier of shock value is absolute nonsense. When “click bait” news is the favored form of journalism to receive more online traffic, the only way to grab attention is to create absurdities

Sincerity and admissions of depression are seen as somewhere between embarrassing and obnoxious in mainstream online culture. Internet slang has developed a way to acceptably mask negative emotions in witty, shareable quips. Often referred to as memes,  an image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied with slight variations and spread rapidly by internet users, they are made specific to situations to open a dialogue among youthful audiences to refer to an array of emotions without actually expressing them. 

Decades of developing internet slang and cultures have shown an extensive and absurd form of expression in social media. Recent challenges of social order, rapid advancement of technology, ludicrousness of politicians, and other negatively impacting cultural phenomenon has created an environment constructed of the only thing that holds shock value to youth: nihilistic expressions of truth and emotion. Teenage millennials created satirical humor in order to create comfort and trust in the ever changing and ever bizarre reality they live in.  Welcome to the internet.

 

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