In Sean Hall’s, This Means This This Means That, chapter two begins by explaining in depth the meaning behind sarcasm. Sarcasm can change the meaning of what is being said by a person. Sarcasm can also be indicate by the tone of one’s voice. After creating my theoretical analysis of a remix Prezi for Writing Research and Technology class, I have noticed and incident of sarcasm put into play.
The image above is a screenshot taken from the Home Alone Remixed Trailer. This trailer, along with the original Home Alone Trailer, were used in my theoretical analysis of a remix Prezi. During this specific scene, the main character Kevin says “I never want to see you again for the rest of my whole life!” In the remixed trailer, Kevin is being serious based on the content of the trailer. However, in the original trailer, Kevin is being sarcastic.
Sarcasm can not only be found in film and video remixes as shown above, but it is also verbally used amongst people frequently. Sometimes, sarcasm can not always be as obvious to a person. This is because they may not be as literal as one may expect a sarcastic statement to be. Hall said, “There are different degrees or literalness”, which is why sarcasm may not always stand out to everyone.
After engaging more into sarcasm, I used the social media site, as used in class, Twitter, to better help my readers understand an example of sarcasm. I had found a Twitter account labeled as “Sarcasm”. The screenshot above of @ComedyPosts shows their tweet which is a form of sarcasm. Obviously, the person does not want to die in a haunted house. The sarcastic meaning behind this tweet would be that the haunted house was extremely expensive, therefore, the person should be really terrified (not dead).
As mentioned prior, sarcasm is a great way to turn original movie trailers into remixed trailers. The tone of the sarcasm can be noticed and determined as sarcasm almost instantly (for some). However, the tweet shown above is sarcasm written in text format. Some people may read @ComedyPosts tweet “if i pay $30 for a haunted house I better die”, and think that he literally wanted to die within an expensive haunted house. This is the tricky aspect of sarcasm that Sean Hall had warned us about. Hall said, “literal meanings are important when we need to communicate” and this explains why.
For some, sarcasm is a ‘way of life’ and not just a figure of speech. However, sarcasm can be taken poorly in many situations. There have been instances where sarcasm has troubled relationships between people. For me, I find the humor in sarcasm like the majority of people. For example, the 31 most sarcastic thing that ever happened has brought much laughter in my day as I decided to look more into sarcasm. My favorite sarcastic photo from the list would be this one:
In the photo above, the anonymous commenter had said “wow. u like harry potter. i bet u dont even have friends.. i am so srry for u”. The witty and sarcastic responder commented back with a photo of the television show Friends complete series on VHS saying “Umm, actually I do..”. This is sarcasm because the responding commenter is not responding by listing or proving he has actual friendships, but the fact that he owns the television show Friends. Being that Friends is my favorite television show, I found this form of sarcasm to be absolutely hilarious and cheesy at the same time!
In conclusion, whether you are a fan of sarcasm or not, it can be heard almost on a daily basis. People use sarcasm sometimes without even realizing it. Some people use sarcasm so often that it can become just a natural way of communicating for them. Sarcasm can be heard in films, remixes, and other forms of narratives. Although sarcasm may not always be noticeable, especially via texts, the literal meaning is still there and the sarcasm is still there. It is all determined based on the person hearing or reading the sarcasm.