Shock Horror: Folklore of Disaster 8
SHOCK HORROR: The Folklore of Disaster
© Warren Fahey
Whilst the jokes tend to be the usual throwaway type the Photoshop illustrated jokes were more likely to reinforce American patriotism and, in the case of those directly related to New York, they were pugnacious and defiant.
Folklore has a way of manipulating popular culture to produce a unique humour. This is not surprising considering the enormous impact television has on our lives. It is the one aspect of our everyday life that supplies a thread. We receive the majority of our news, views and entertainment from it and, because of its immediacy, we allow ourselves to be mentally manipulated by it. In truth we should be far more discerning with our viewing use however this appears to be a very big ask. Hence we use it to create a special brand of folklore. It is interesting to note that one of the first responses by the television media was to cancel all comedy programs including late night variety shows that depend on topical humour.
The modified image of British actor Rowan Atkinson’s alter ego Mr Been was one of the earliest circulated Photoshop items. This is particularly surprising as the actor is not well known in North America. Could this have been a British or Australian modified photograph? Whatever the case it appears to have set the field for the many television-inspired illustrations to follow including our very own bananas in pyjamas.
Subject: AFGHAN TV GUIDE
AFGHAN TV GUIDE
6.00 G-Had TV. Morning prayers.