"This talk should be a book!"

-Jason Sudy

Is This [Joke] Appropriate?

Summary

A fun, funny, and thoughtful examination of the undesired consequences of inappropriate jokes, and a better way to "think before you speak".

Abstract

Inappropriate jokes often have undesirable consequences. So, it follows that by avoiding inappropriate jokes you can reduce undesirable consequences.

 

But, what exactly is “appropriate”? And, how can we determine if “This joke is appropriate”?

 

Technically, “all jokes are always appropriate”. However, this theoretical stance can lead to problems in the real world. Instead, a more practical stance embodies and realizes the idea “Think before you speak” by acknowledging the subjectivity of “appropriateness” and utilizing a framework of considerations that helps us be more informed, gain insight, avoid inappropriate jokes, and reduce undesirable consequences.

 

And, the Funny Framework can not only be used to help determine if a given joke is appropriate, but it can be used to help determine if a given thing (such as “comment”, “question”, “meme”, "outfit", “action”, and much more) is appropriate, as well!

Audience

Anyone interested in avoiding unwanted outcomes.

Duration

1 hour

Key Takeaways

  • What are Slippery Slopes and why are they important?

  • Philosophical and pragmatic views of humor

  • Factors to help you "think before you speak"

Media

  • Slide Deck

  • Blog Posts

 

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