Simulation of laughter: the experience of reconstruction




laughter, postmodern simulation of laughter, social functions of laughter


The paper looks into a phenomenon of postmodern simulation (simulacrization) of laughter. A historical reconstruction of the simulation process of laughter is made on the basis of a universal simulation algorithm proposed by J. Baudrillard, some intermediate counterpoints and kinds of postmodern simulated laughter identified.

Author Biography

Olha Maltseva, Pryazovskyi State Technical University, Mariupol

Candidate of Sciences in Philosophy


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How to Cite

Maltseva, O. (2018). Simulation of laughter: the experience of reconstruction. Skhid, (3(155), 34–40.