Definitions of Genre
Formal definitions of genre lead one to the conclusion that genre may
be decided on the basis of style, form, tone or content (Heather Dubrow,
Content is often used to classify websites (e.g. Entertainment, Information
etc.) but the other tools of classification seem to be less commonly used.
This is not the case in other media. For instance, a television programme
may be classified by genre, based on its setting or style, rather
than by content (i.e. a situation comedy is characterised by its jokes,
serial format and laughter track rather than by what it portrays)(Stuart
M Kaminsky, 1985). Poems may be classified by form (e.g. sonnet,
limerick, and haiku). Plays may be classified by tone (e.g. comedy
In the case of visual genres, form and style may be important considerations.