Humor of Incongruity: 10/15/12

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Humor of Incongruity: 10/15/12

  1. 1. THESIS ONEThe Humor of IncongruityIn the Digital Experience Michael Silber | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  2. 2. 1. Hypothesis2. Abstract3. Humor Theories and Philosophers on Humor4. Evolutionary Basis for Humor: Cognitive/Psychological5. History of Humor: Differences, Commonalities, and Evolution6. Humor: Mass Media (movies, radio, tv, podcasts)7. Humor and the Digital Experience A. Examples of Accidental Incongruity Humor B. Examples of Intentional Incongruity7. Humor and the Digital Experience Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  3. 3. 1. HypothesisThis thesis presents the hypothesis thathumor emerges from the incongruities ofdigital experience.Humor in this form celebrates juxtapositions,boundary confusion, and advocates forconnectivity between things that are notnormally considered relatable. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  4. 4. 2. AbstractThe digital experience describes a range of informationdelivery systems, which differ from our experience in theclassic universe. In the screen world, we are presentedwith incongruent fragments of written, verbal, and visualinformation, often in disjointed rapid succession.As our minds seek to organize this information, theseincongruent fragments can become fused in nonsensicalabsurd ways.The Incongruity-Resolution Theory of Humor (I-R) arguesthat humor happens whenever an incongruity occurs thatis subsequently resolved. The digital experience createsa new form of incongruity, which can therefore present anew source of humor. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  5. 5. 3. Humor Theories and Philosophers on Humor A. Incongruity Ambiguity, logical impossibility, irrelevance, and inappropriateness [leading approach- Kant, Kierkegaard, [Aristotle] Suls (1972), Wyer and Collins, Michael Apter, Attardo, Raskin, Minsky. B. Superiority Aggressive supremacy. [Thomas Hobbes, Plato, Aristotle] C. Relief Release or save energy generated by repression. [Freud, Herbert Spencer] D. Play An extension of “animal play” behavior. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  6. 6. Philosophers on Humor• Aristotle• Boyle, Charles• Descartes, René. (1649/1987). Les Passions de L’ame. [The Passions of the Soul] Paris. Excerpts in Morreall• Freud, Sigmund (1928). “Humor.” International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 9, pp. 1-6.• (1905/1960). Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious. Trans. J. Strachey. New York: W. W. Norton. (Orig. published 1905).• Bateson, Gregory (2000). Steps to an Ecology of Mind. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  7. 7. • Kant, Immanuel. (1951). Critique of Judgment. J. H. Bernard, Trans. New York: Hafner.• Lock, John• Geulen, Eva, 2006, The End of Art. Readings in a Rumor after Hegel, trans. J. McFarland. Stanford: Stanford University Press.• Martin, Rod A. (2007). The Psychology Of Humour: An Integrative Approach. London, UK: Elsevier Academic Press.Schopenhauer, Arthur (1818). The World asWill and Representation. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  8. 8. 4. Evolutionary Basis for Humor–Cognitive/Psychological • Hurley, Dennett, Adams. Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind. • Malone. The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  9. 9. 5. History of Humor Differences Commonalities and Evolution • Theater/Shakespeare • Vaudeville Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  10. 10. 6. Humor: Mass Media (movies, radio, tv, podcasts) • Cultural Significance/Social Change • Regionalism/Globalism Film/Standup/Sitcom... • Charlie Chaplin • George Carlin • Marx Brothers • Bill Cosby • Bob Hope • Sienfeld/Larry David • Woody Allen • Colin Powell • Arnold Schwarzenegger • Louis CK • Rodney Dangerfield • Marc Maron Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  11. 11. 7. Humor and the Digital Experience • Visual Perception • Cognition/Processing • Media as personal experience, tailored to the individual • Laughing alone? • Futurist Thinking - Augmented Reality/Posthumanism • Implications • Applications and Experiments?–Applications/ Project Ideas Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  12. 12. A. Examples of Accidental Incongruity HumorCat Fanciers Crossed withWorld Wide Web Artists’ Consortium Spaghetti CatI like Turtles CNN with Dumb and Dumber: Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  13. 13. Examples of Accidental Incongruity Humor Google Search Results Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  14. 14. Examples of Accidental Incongruity Humorin Digital Communications • Emailing, Calling, or Texting the Wrong Party • T9 Errors and Spell-check • Voice to Text Errors - ie. Google Voice • Translation Errors • Google Auto-Complete in Search • Abutting TV Commercials Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  15. 15. B. Examples of Intentional Incongruity Avatars/Advertising Campaigns Madmen Yourself and Elf Yourself Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  16. 16. Examples of Intentional IncongruityAvatars/Advertising Campaigns Simpsonize Me Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  17. 17. Examples of Intentional IncongruityAvatars/Advertising Campaigns BBC America: Go Mugshot Yourself for TV Show Copper Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein

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