copyright and comedy.

The stand up comedy ‘art form’ as its commonly referred to, had its first recorded appearance in 1805 in vaudeville theatres – where the jokes were short, with sharp punch lines to keep the audience laughing and engaged. These types of comics and theatres were eventually overrun with the development of the cinema industry, however the comedic value remained. Pin pointing the birth of stand up comedy as such is unclear, however it’s legacy can certainly still be seen in today’s contemporary context. Continue reading “copyright and comedy.”

memes X propaganda.

Memes are beautifully funny ways to convey messages, they’re easy to make, and they spread like wild fire if enough people like them. With their widespread social appreciation and viral nature, can they be used for more than simple comedic, internet entertainment? Continue reading “memes X propaganda.”

a public kinda sphere.

The public sphere, a metaphorical concept developed by Jürgen Habermas, explains where and how people come together to “freely discuss and identify societal problems, and through that discussion influence political action”. The public sphere was once thought to exist in 18th century coffee houses, a very bourgeois, male dominated setting. However, in today’s contemporary context, the public sphere can be found in a variety of places – from social media platforms to bars to cafes, and is inclusive of everyone. Continue reading “a public kinda sphere.”