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Disappearing Cryptography, 3rd Edition by Peter Wayner

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Chapter 21. Plain Sight

21.1. Laughtracks

To: Production Staff and Set Design

From: Jerry Brown, Asst. to the Executive Writing Arc Supervisor

Re: Meta-textual clues for audience.

Recent audience surveys show that the larger broadcast audience fails to grasp the humorous possibilities of the narrative arc designed by the office of the Writing Arc. To facilitate the absorbtion of our humor, we are asking that we construct a new set of neon signs that will cue the studio audience to inject the kind of meta-narrative instructions that will allow our broadcast audience to, for lack of a bigger term, laugh at the right places.

All future scripts from the Office of the Writing Arc Supervisor will include cues for when to activate these lighted ...

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