Occasionally, I come across something that is funny (to me), and I am struck by how it is consistent with the benign violation theory.
The latest: Success Kid meme.
The benign violation theory proposes that humor occurs when a situation is simultaneously seen as wrong, unsettling or threatening (i.e., a violation) and okay, acceptable or safe (i.e., benign).
A recent blog post about memes pointed out how to create the Success Kid meme:
As it says, you start with a potentially bad ending that turns out out positively, or as I would say:
Here are a couple of good ones that fit the theory:
PS I suspect that at some later point I will need to tackle the Third World Kid meme controversies.