JOKES AND MASS MEDIA. THE FIRST POLISH SERIES OF SICK DISASTER JOKES (Dowcipy a media. Pierwsza polska seria niesmacznych dowcipow katastroficznych)
The paper deals with the occurrence of sick disaster jokes in the Polish culture. It presents a characteristics of the Polish jokes about the crash of the air-plane with the Polish President and the First Lady on board as well as numerous VIPs of the Polish establishment flying in to attend the commemoration event marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre of thousands of Poles by Soviet forces during WWII. The plane crashed near the Smolensk military airport on 10 April 2010. Three groups of texts about the Kaczyński brothers, their sources and socio-cultural contexts are analysed. The jokes cover the period before the disaster, describe its course and are also related to the 2010 presidential elections. The author compares the character of the scripts appearing in the specified groups of jokes, and pays special attention to a unique in Polish culture character of the jokes related to mass media, their connections with traditions and with the systems of values and beliefs. Such jokes undergo a unification under the influence of the globalisation changing Poles' preferences concerning the ways of talking about disaster victims.
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