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  • 1. THESIS ONE Digital AbsurdityMichael Silber | Professor Tom Klinkowstein Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 2. “Nothing in man is moreserious than his sense ofhumor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.” -Mark Van Doren Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 3. HypothesisThis thesis presents the hypothesisthat humor emerges from theincongruities of digital experience.Digital platforms presentunintentional juxtapositions andprovide a means for intentionalinterventions, which reward activethinkers with feelings of mirth. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 4. Hypothesis ContinuedSuch a hypothesis suggests thatthe scanning behavior associatedwith digital media and “continuouspartial attention,” has createda digital culture that celebrateshumorous absurdities andpromotes divergent, associative,and syncretic thinking. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 5. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 6. What is Humor? A Tickling of the Mind. - Charles Darwin A Mixture of Joy and Shock. - Rene Descartes A Sudden Glory. - Thomas Hobbes A Comparison Between Noble and Ignoble States. - AristotleMichael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 7. Humor TheoriesIncongruity SuperiorityRelief Play Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 8. Syncretism Seeing many unlike elements at once and perceiving them together in oneness.Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 9. Unintentional Incongruity Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 10. AutocompleteMichael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 11. Project ConceptsBuild Interactive Incongruity Machines thatpromote divergent, associative, and syncreticthinking, inspiring unconventional methods ofunderstanding and a revaluing of humoras a form of creative problem-solving. • An algorithm to abstract digital information. • A system of cross referencing multiple search results or web pages. • A platform for word and image recombination. • A forum to share and create digital absurdities. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 12. Research Outline1. Why Humor Matters 7. Digital Culture A. Universality2. Philosophers on Humor B. Redefining Originality3. Humor Theories C. Humor as Art A. Incongruity 8. Lessons From Incongruity and Humor B. Relief A. Divergent Thinking C. Superiority B. Associative Thinking D. Play C. Syncretic Thinking E. Other Theories 9. Future Implications4. Cognitive/Psychological/Evolutionary A. Artificial Intelligence Basis for Humor B. Human-Machine Communication5. Visual Perception C. The Value of Humor and The Screen World 10. Project6. Humor and the Digital Experience Interactive Incongruity Machines A. Unintentional Incongruity Humor B. Intentional Incongruity Humor Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 13. Selected SourcesROY ASCOTTSyncretic Reality: Art, Process, and Potentiality: http://www.drainmag.comBRIAN CHRISTIANThe Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means To Be AliveHURLEY, DENNETT, ADAMSInside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind.MICHAEL MALONEThe Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory.KLIPH NESTEROFFhttp://classicshowbiz.blogspot.com/MCGRAW, WARRENBenign Violations: Making Immoral Behavior FunnyRADIOLAB: SEASON 8 EP 1: OOPShttp://www.radiolab.orgPAUL SAFFOThe Place of Originality in the Information Age: http://saffo.comLINDA STONEContinuous Partial Attention: http://lindastone.net Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  • 14. Digital ImmediacyMichael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein

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