Notes from the Uncanny Valley
By Gib Edleman
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Excerpts from a book of perversely comic musings from an alien observer moving through gray urban settings and mass media landscapes.
||Clean10. The Healthy Skeptic||. . . a graphic of two faceless cartoon figures communicating via tin cans and a string. 19 minutes “Witchs Will” by Wilburn Burchette and “No Riders” by Pye Corner Audio||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. My Selfie Hurts||It’s the fixed determination in their faces that gives it away—clearly they’re leading double lives as remote controlled avatars, turning corners in virtual landscapes, and firing digital weapons at artificial enemies. 12 Minutes “Unseen Forces||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Sound Reasoning||Sound travels funny in these apartments. What sounds like it’s coming from one side is often coming from the other side. 17 minutes “1979” by Deru and “Blown-Out Joy from Heaven’s Mercied Hole” by A Silver Mt. Zion||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. The “Real” Question||Next time you encounter a CAPTCHA take a moment to appreciate this irony: no machine can fool a human into believing that it’s human, yet humans must constantly prove they are human to the machine world they’ve built around them. 11:30 minutes “||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. The Invisible Script||Looking at the TV it occurs to me that these poor ghost hunters have been captured on video and in that sense have already been forced into ghostly repetition . . . 16 minutes “Unseen Forces” and “Red Cabin” by Justin Walter||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. TMI||Most people ignore him but occasionally someone looks in his direction as they pass, triggering an angry crescendo in the glossolalia streaming from him. The effect is rather like a radio signal full of static that becomes clearer when one stands near||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Somewhere in the Distant Present||At first, not being recognized by others bothered me. But then I saw the inherent freedom in playing the part of a complete stranger. 18 minutes “Poa Alpina” by Biosphere, “Unseen Forces” by Justin Walter||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Dark, humorous, sad, incisive, interesting
Definitely worth a listen. The humor is subtle without being too proud of itself, and when it hits it really hits (like in ep 1 & 3). Maybe a little too dark at times (like ep 5), but maybe that's because it's fairly accurately reflecting our culture. I worry about the creator's posture, but at least he's turned his alienation into something that's relatable and strangely comforting.
View of the world from an alienated, despondent yet optimistic human, well worth a listen (or two).
The Uncanny Valley is a perfectly timed adventure for the mind
If you like thinking about the strange, enchanting, over-looked connections and brilliance that lies in the corners of our universe, than listen to this podcast and enjoy the journey. This man has a sensitive soul and deeply creative awareness and insight to offer us about our world. I wish there was more to listen too & hope he makes more of these.