The Atomic Playboy and the Radiation Romeo

The button below will open a new browser window displaying the Flash interface for Atomic and Romeo (Version 16 with Preloader). You will find a page of introductory text, some instructions and then the interface where you can suggest a topic for conversation.

This version 16 uses the landscape layout, updates the heckler and end-of-conversation functions with an audio sign-off. All the features from previous versions remain - scroll bar control,custId variable allows me to better log and track conversations.

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After you have had a play with Atomic and Romeo please use this link to leave a comment.
Maybe you could suggest a topic of conversation or a layout suggestion.
All suggestions gratefully received.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Linguists approaches.. some notes

These are not fully formed thoughts... After doing some reading it has occurred to me that the Attardo / Raskin approach is predicated on a couple of not incontestable assumptions.

1. The Freudian distinct between "innocent'' and "tendentious'' jokes. I tend to have a Derida-esque dislike for binary oppositions. The General Theory of Verbal Humor (GTVH)tends to focus on tendentious humour by including a category for the butt of the joke or script.

2. The approach seems to assume that humour is easily and consistently recognised. We all know what humour is, right? What happens if GTVH is applied to a non-humorous text? Does it fail to find humorous structures? Or, does it only work on those text which are socially or culturally deemed to be humorous?

Just thoughts at this stage.

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