International relatives of Temel: Is appropriation possible for Temel Jokes?
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Temel as a fictional joke character is perceived by the public with an emphasis on his local identity. Yet, the fact that he is geographically, politically and culturally peripheral displays a similarity with the various international examples of a joke type which is called "stupid jokes" in this article. Temel jokes have the features that are intrinsic to stupid jokes of industrial societies as can be seen in the features like being peripheral, to have the ability to reconcile with the facts of the social agenda and social change, and increasing interaction with stupid jokes of other cultures parallel to progressive industrialization in Turkey. Taking these features as a basis for the discussion whether appropriation is possible for Temel jokes, the article concludes with an affirmative answer.