Argument Analysis of a Text Essay In the article “The Humor Code: Why do Humans Laugh?” by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner published in the magazine Slate on 25 March 2014 the authors explore the idea that human beings can be induced into laughter by something other than humor. They argue that when people laugh “it is rarely because something is funny” (McGraw and Warner 2014). They base this argument in a case study of an outbreak of Omuneepo the laughing disease in northern Tanzania where school girls started giggling without any apparent cause. The giggling spread to other students and within a short time had infected villagers as well. Medical and psychology experts later explained the laughing disease as a way of communication a means of complaining when people- like the school girls- do not have an alternative means to voice their dissatisfaction with their conditions. This observation supports question whether there are people who do not laugh unless there is something funny to laugh about. In this regard I find the article unconvincing because it used one-sided evidence. The authors’ reporting is subjective because from the onset it seeks to only provide evidence that supports their position. The best argument is that which provides the audience with both sides of an issue to allow them make an informed decision. The authors could have achieved this goal by providing information about cases studies that focused on the importance of humor. This could have helped the audience to compare between the percentage of people who laughed in the absence of humor and those who only laughed because there was something funny to laugh about. Works Cited McGraw Peter and Warner Joel. “The Humor Code: Why do Humans Laugh?” Slate. N.p. 25 March 2014. Web. November 4 2016. Available at http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/features/2014/the_humor_code/why_do_humans_laugh_the_evolutionary_biology_of_laughter.html [...]
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