Day: January 6, 2016

Another Benign Violation: Pet Shaming

Public shaming often makes the viewer uncomfortable. What happens, however, when you replace the shamed person with his or her’s best friend? According to the Benign Violation Theory, ¬†humor arises when something is wrong yet okay, threatening yet safe, or what we call a benign violation. This intersection explains why it is often funny to […]