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Thesis One Presentation: Nov 19

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Thesis One Presentation: Nov 19

  1. 1. THESIS ONE Digital AbsurdityMichael Silber | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  2. 2. “Nothing in man is moreserious than his sense ofhumor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.” -Mark Van DorenMichael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  3. 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. 4. Hypothesis ContinuedSuch a hypothesis suggeststhat the scanning behaviorassociated with digital media and“continuous partial attention,”has created a global digitalculture that celebrates humorousabsurdities and promotes divergent,associative, and syncretic thinking. Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
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  6. 6. The Persistence of Humor Through All Media Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  7. 7. Philosophers on 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
  8. 8. Is there an evolutionary/adaptive explanation for the existence of humor?Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  9. 9. Humor TheoriesIncongruity-Resolution SuperiorityRelief Play Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
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  12. 12. Visual Perception "We never look at one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision iscontinually active, continually moving..." -John Berger - "Ways of Seeing" Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  13. 13. Continuous Partial Attention Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  14. 14. Unintentional Incongruity Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  15. 15. Search Results/Suggestion Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  16. 16. T9/Auto-CompleteMichael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein
  17. 17. New Media and Incongruity Michael Silber | Directed Research | Professor Tom Klinkowstein

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