While reading Carroll’s chapter Horror and Humor, I understood the connotation — I saw a lot of myself watching horror movies and laughing the entire time.  Really, has anyone noticed that whenever we watch a movie, the scary part happens, we jump or scream, and then laugh about it seconds later.  But, what I did not understand is how Carroll stated a human and a monster are two different things — even going as classifying the movies as two different genres.  However, would one not classify human action more terrifying than trying to make a person believe Frankenstein’s Monster is roaming around the countryside and going to throw your daughter into the pond? (Compared with the book, which is a different story all together, focusing on the horror of being alone in the world rather than being born evil.)

The video below is a list of five technologies that are presented as being scary, but should they fit in the realm of horror, is the presentation of these items meant to humor us more and is this dangerous?  The difference between Frankenstein’s Monster and these technologies is, we know the technologies exist — they are not otherworldly or creatures we hear about through folklore.  Maybe we should be looking at human action and ideas as a source of horror rather than monsters.  Maybe then, we will not look at something and laugh about it after the fact — it is much easier to fix something before rather than after.

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