Just a joke : Psychogenesis of humor in alcohol advertisements

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Seppänen , J , Hellman , M & Katainen , A 2018 , ' Just a joke : Psychogenesis of humor in alcohol advertisements ' , Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review , vol. 40 , no. 2 , pp. 138-146 . https://doi.org/10.1080/01062301.2018.1439214

Title: Just a joke : Psychogenesis of humor in alcohol advertisements
Author: Seppänen, Janne; Hellman, Matilda; Katainen, Anu
Contributor organization: Sociology
Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2018-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review
ISSN: 0106-2301
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01062301.2018.1439214
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309252
Abstract: This article asks what psychic functions humorous alcohol advertisements employ and how they are connected to the wider cultural meanings of alcohol. The material comprises 27 advertisements televised in Europe in 2013. The material is primarily examined using Freud’s ideas regarding the psychogenesis of jokes. Freud’s conceptions of humor provide in-depth point of views to understand how the advertisements address the viewer’s mind. We recognized three psychic processes: the pleasure of nonsense, recognition of the familiar, and liquidation of criticism. We argue that these are essential psychic activities which characterize the more or less unconscious functioning and content of humorous alcohol advertisements. The article suggests that the humorous strategies recall the infantile pleasure connected to playing with language. The humor in alcohol advertisements may also liquidate the critical attitudes toward drinking, enforce the process of denial of addiction and prohibit the reality-based reflection of alcohol use.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
alcohol advertising
Sigmund Freud
5144 Social psychology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: closedAccess

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