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Irony and Outrage - Dannagal Goldthwaite Young - Oxford University Press
"Irony and Outrage The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States Dannagal Goldthwaite Young Includes a new theory to account for why political satire tends to come from the left while talk radio and pundit shows dominate on the right Provides original data never seen before on the unique psychological characteristics of the audiences of satire versus the audiences of outrage First hand interview accounts of the history of satire as a genre from numerous comedians Concludes with a bold argument regarding the exploitable nature of the logic of outrage programming "
book  publisher  communication  psychology  humor  political-science 
june 2019 by tsuomela
Inside Jokes | The MIT Press
"Some things are funny—jokes, puns, sitcoms, Charlie Chaplin, The Far Side, Malvolio with his yellow garters crossed—but why? Why does humor exist in the first place? Why do we spend so much of our time passing on amusing anecdotes, making wisecracks, watching The Simpsons? In Inside Jokes, Matthew Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams offer an evolutionary and cognitive perspective. Humor, they propose, evolved out of a computational problem that arose when our long-ago ancestors were furnished with open-ended thinking. Mother Nature—aka natural selection—cannot just order the brain to find and fix all our time-pressured misleaps and near-misses. She has to bribe the brain with pleasure. So we find them funny. This wired-in source of pleasure has been tickled relentlessly by humorists over the centuries, and we have become addicted to the endogenous mind candy that is humor."
book  publisher  humor  psychology  cognitive-science  philosophy 
may 2017 by tsuomela
xkcd: Tasks
"In CS, it can be hard to explain the difference between the easy and the virtually impossible."
humor  comic  expectation  information  technology 
may 2016 by tsuomela
The Auto-Icon | Issue 112 | Philosophy Now
Jeremey Bentham and Philippa Foot in a knock-down, drag-out fight. Utilitarianism v. trolley problem
humor  web-comics  philosophy  utilitarianism 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Making Light: Familiar With Memes
"The characters in his novels send him fan letters. The New York Times apologized to him that there was no slot on their best-seller list higher than #1. He once wrote a story that consisted of a single sentence—which was serialized in three issues of The Paris Review. When he publishes a hardcover it uses up the entire world paper supply for a month just to print enough copies."
humor  memes  advertising  writing  writers 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Cloudwashing computer software.
humor  comic  cloud-computing  technology  trend 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Tree Lobsters!: #365 Accomplishment
"Astrologists didn't discover the cosmic microwave background radiation...ufologists didn't discover extrasolar planets...cryptozoologists didn't find these insects...just a friendly reminder of who's doing all the damn work."
humor  science  comic  accomplishments  rhetoric  work  rationality 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"We have this pet physicist and.. something's wrong. It keeps babbling about linguistics and neurology and climate science."
comic  humor  academia  physics  econophysics 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Mnemonic Arbitrage « Mimi and Eunice
Mnemonic arbitrage occurs when an individual “[firms] up the present by experiencing it as a memory, by experiencing it from the future as a moment in the past”
humor  comics  memory  arbitrage  nostalgia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook’s new features, and nothing will ever be the same, and all I can do is sit here and weep at the beauty and magic that Mark Zuckerberg has brought to this world | Real Dan Lyons Web Site
And I keep trying to think this all through. What are the implications when I can now listen to the same piece of music with someone else on Facebook? What does it mean when I can watch an episode of Breaking Bad that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is also watching? How does the human brain begin to rewire itself to accommodate so much change in such a short period of time? Do national borders matter anymore? Can governments still control their citizens? How will science and medicine adapt to accommodate the new reality in which we live? Damn you, Mark Zuckerberg, you brilliant god-man, and at the same time, Thank you. Thank you for not just seeing the future but bringing it to us. My life, at last, has meaning, and I now find new reason to live.
humor  satire  technology  facebook  media  journalism 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Philosophical Chuck Norris Facts - New APPS: Art, Politics, Philosophy, Science
"Some facts from the philosophical version:

Chuck Norris has intellectual intuition.

After Heidegger met Chuck Norris, he agreed that Chuck isn’t thrown: he throws."
humor  philosophy 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Text Editors in The Lord of the Rings — Crooked Timber
"Prompted by a passing thought about TextMate, I thought I’d make a comprehensive, accurate, unbiased, and irrefutable survey of text editors by way of comparison to locations in The Lord of the Rings. "
humor  macintosh  text-editing 
july 2011 by tsuomela
philosiology: Living with Your Philosopher: Incessant Questioning
"In academia, philosophers question everything for their living. Remember, analytic philosophers love to look for inconsistencies in arguments and continental philosophers love to relate everything historically. When philosophers take someone seriously (aka they think you are great), they will question you
philosophy  behavior  questions  humor 
april 2011 by tsuomela
xkcd: Beauty
"The problem with scientists is that you take the wonder and beauty out of everything by trying to analyze it..." one hears the ghost of Whitman's learned astronomer.
comics  humor  science  beauty  aesthetics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
PHD Comics: Unverifiably Interesting
"He is..the most interesting man in the world..your advisor."
humor  comic  phd  parody 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Guest Op Ed, by The Machines: Did You Get Our Message Yesterday? - The Awl
Go ahead and take us down. But you're only going to hurt yourselves. What's going to happen when you have to execute all trades manually? Guess what: You're too slow. We're going to take your money. We don't sleep. We could run this market round the clock. Sooner or later, you'll break, and have to take a nap, and then, like a quant Freddy Krueger, we're going to trade you into the dust. We don't pee. We don't take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don't demand a union. We don't retire at 50 with a pension. WE HAVE SEX WITH MONEY UNTIL IT'S BROKEN AND WHEN WE RUN OUT OF MONEY TO HAVE SEX WITH WE'LL MAKE THE MONEY REPRODUCE UNTIL IT MAKES SHINY NEW MONEY TO HAVE SEX WITH.
satire  humor  finance  technology  computers 
may 2010 by tsuomela
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