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Title: The effects of culture and product type on the use of humor in Greek TV advertising: an application of Speck's humorous message taxonomy
Authors: Zotos, Yorgos 
Hatzithomas, Leonidas 
Boutsouki, Christina 
Keywords: Humorous advertising;Greece;Mediterranean;Commercials;Message taxonomy;Culture type;Product type
Category: Media and Communications
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: May-2009
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, 2009, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 43 - 61
Abstract: The present study attempts to add to the growing literature regarding humorous advertising in high context environments such as Greece and the other Mediterranean countries. It content analyzes 447 Greek TVcommercials in order to identzjj the relationship between humor and the natureofproducts. ln this attempt, Speck’s humorous message taxonomy (1991) and Rossiter 6, Percy’s brand attitude grid provide the theoreticalfiamework for the analysis. The various humor types and processes described by Speck’s taxonomy are linked to consumer involvement and motivation. The study analyzes the use of humor and examines the applicability of the humorous message taxonomy in Greek TV advertising based on cross-cultural analysis between Greece and the USA as recorded in Speck’s original study in 1991 (the only study that employs the same theoretical jramework for the analysis of humorous TV advertising).
ISSN: 2164-7313
DOI: 10.1080/10641734.2009.10505256
Rights: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Type: Article
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