Have you ever been hurt by a joke, even though it was offered in jest? I was having an online conversation in a class I am teaching about teams at work.
The discussion was relative to having online messages misinterpreted. Clearly we have all experienced this uncomfortable situation more than once.
I got so fascinated about this topic that I wrote a book on it a few years ago.
One student brought up a situation that is common in person as well as online, but the damage done online is usually much larger. This is when a person tries to rib another person with a joke, but the meaning on the part of the receiver is taken literally.
The writer is astonished when the reader takes umbrage at the barb. The writer says, “but I was only joking.”
When people say things in jest, there is usually an element of…
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