5.01.2015

Experimenting With Animated GIFs

Did this work? I'll be posting experiments below.



Well, that didn't work. It's animated in Photoshop. Why doesn't it work here? Back to the drawing board.



Victory!

I used this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whaXQq3UVfk

4.08.2015

"Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Get To the Other Side" Has 15 Syllables

Thinking about the construction of jokes and the different ways to break them down.

(a)
Why did the chicken cross the road? (8 syllables, 7 words)
To get to the other side. (7 syllables, 6 words)

(b)
Why did the chicken cross the?
To get to the other.

(c)
Why did the chicken cross?
To get to the.

(d)
Why did the chicken?
To get to.

(e)
Why did the?
To get.

(f)
Why did?
To.

(g)
Why?

Here I'm looking at the syllabic balance of set-up and punchline. There's an imbalance in favor of the set-up. It doesn't matter for the purposes of analysis that the joke isn't funny. The humor is structural in the sense that a longer set-up (i) demands more attention, which (ii) raises expectations in the audience, resulting in (iii) disappointment at the quick and pointless disposal of our attention in the punchline. The joke functions to put its functionality on display.

[You might think that the joke above is not the ideal example of syllabic imbalance since it's only off by one syllable. Maybe consider Norm MacDonald's Moth Joke instead. On the other hand, listeners register subtle differences even when they are not consciously aware of them. Plus, the music of the punchline "runs faster" than the set-up (to get to, the other).]

I imagine that analysis of this sort would help one think about some otherwise difficult to qualify and quantify concepts like 'delivery'.

Oprah: Atheism [VIDEO]

Here's a Oprah clip from back in the day. Topic: atheism. With miscellaneous coda.