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SXSW Interactive 2015

Nah Bruh, That Aint Funny: Black Comedy on the Web

Black comedy has had resurgence over the past few years due to the internet. With the democratic nature of the internet, black comedy has reached all races and types of content consumers.

This has created spaces for some of the best black comedy writing seen in decades. Relatable experiences and coded language used within the community is used to make a unique comedy style not seen by the mainstream comedy creators ever before.

This resurgence comes as a double-edged sword. In giving all of the black community a voice, the lifestyles of poorer black communities are shared with all classes. These lifestyles have becomes “the joke”. And with the “one up” nature of the Internet, the most shocking images are spread to the point where it’s become it’s own genre.

With this topic, there are unavoidable conversations of class, internet ethics, the culture of internet racism, the globalization of opinions on race.

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Daunte Dier, Writer, Dormtainment

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  • Tags: comedy, internet
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Social and Relationships
  • Level: Intermediate
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