Recombinant Comedy, Transmedial Mobility, and Viral Video

September 2011
Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television;Fall2011, Issue 68, p3
Academic Journal
An essay is presented in which the author examines how the use comedy in Internet videos can be used as a way to study participatory culture. Particular focus is given to viral videos, those that gain popularity when viewers pass them along to acquaintances, and the concept of recombinant comedy. It also discusses topics including new media and transmedial cycles and explores how comedic elements of satire, intertextuality, and timing play a role in Internet videos.


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