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Is This Joke Appropriate?


A method to help you think before you speak.

Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about fundamental concepts applicable to their specific domain.

Duration: 1 hour

Sample Topics

  • Slippery Slopes

  • Empathy

  • Relevant factors

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!