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Sociology, 5.8 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
This article argues that humour can provide researchers with a unique access point into the professional cultures of media producers. By reconsidering an earlier case study, and reviewing relevant literature, it illustrates how humour can fulfil several functions in media production. Importantly, humour is a central means of performing the ‘emotional labour’ that increasingly precarious media work demands. For production research, the everyday joking and banter of media workers can provide an important and, heretofore, overlooked means of accessing culture, meaning, consensus and conflict in media organizations. The article argues that humour’s organizational role should be considered as a sensitizing concept when designing production research.
Brennan, E. 2011. Not seeing the joke: the overlooked role of humour in researching television production. Media, Culture & Society. Vol. 33, No. 6, 2011: pp. 819–833. doi:10.1177/0163443711411003