Humor and Persuasion

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Humor and Persuasion
July 30, 2012
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Humor and Persuasion

Do you think of yourself as funny, humorous or a joker of sorts? Many people feel they have what it takes to bring humor to different situations. Usually humor is used to lighten a mood or attitude and often makes people feel happy. Understanding that humor can play a very important role in speech enhance the awareness of the proper means and tactics in which to use humor. Persuasion often includes various forms of humor where the person trying to persuade intertwines the humor effect and brings lightness to the situation. Persuasion is the attempt to make others believe or comply with the speaker’s views or actions and adding humor often enables the audience
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Diffuse status characteristics include gender, race, degree of physical attractiveness, and education. Characteristics that are valued or considered desirable, such as being male, white, physically attractive, and well educated, confer high status.” (Seiter 135) Often men, in my opinion, will try to incorporate humor in their speech because they want to win over the audience and women will use humor because they are nervous. Although
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