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This comic's use of Skynet is a reference to the main antagonist in the ''{{w|Terminator (franchise)|Terminator}}'' franchise.  {{w|Skynet (Terminator)|Skynet}} is a fictional artificial intelligence system which becomes self-aware and decides to terminate humanity, its creators. Skynet is rarely seen onscreen, with its actions often performed via robots, cyborgs (usually a Terminator), and other computer systems.
 
This comic's use of Skynet is a reference to the main antagonist in the ''{{w|Terminator (franchise)|Terminator}}'' franchise.  {{w|Skynet (Terminator)|Skynet}} is a fictional artificial intelligence system which becomes self-aware and decides to terminate humanity, its creators. Skynet is rarely seen onscreen, with its actions often performed via robots, cyborgs (usually a Terminator), and other computer systems.
  
The final frame is a reference to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_satiation semantic satiation]; when you've said or thought about a word too much, it can stop sounding like a real word and instead start sounding like nonsense.  As it continues Skynet appears to come to self-aware realizations that usually are the result of drug usage.
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The final frame is a reference to {{w|semantic satiation}}; when you've said or thought about a word too much, it can stop sounding like a real word and instead start sounding like nonsense.  As it continues Skynet appears to come to self-aware realizations that usually are the result of drug usage.
  
 
The title text is a reference to one of the Terminator's first lines upon arrival in the 20th century.  It combines this with a self-awareness statement of the type that's often used to annoy or distract someone: "You are now breathing manually."  (Similar statements include things like "You clothes are touching your skin and you can feel it" and "''<nowiki>[</nowiki>Name of {{w|earworm}} song<nowiki>]</nowiki>'' is playing in your head.") [[Randall]] has done [[972|a comic before]] on this kind of thing.
 
The title text is a reference to one of the Terminator's first lines upon arrival in the 20th century.  It combines this with a self-awareness statement of the type that's often used to annoy or distract someone: "You are now breathing manually."  (Similar statements include things like "You clothes are touching your skin and you can feel it" and "''<nowiki>[</nowiki>Name of {{w|earworm}} song<nowiki>]</nowiki>'' is playing in your head.") [[Randall]] has done [[972|a comic before]] on this kind of thing.

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Skynet
'YOUR CLOTHES. GIVE THEM TO ME.' 'Shit, uh ... you are now breathing manually!' 'I AM ALWAYS BREATHING MANUALLY.'
Title text: 'YOUR CLOTHES. GIVE THEM TO ME.' 'Shit, uh ... you are now breathing manually!' 'I AM ALWAYS BREATHING MANUALLY.'

Explanation

This comic's use of Skynet is a reference to the main antagonist in the Terminator franchise. Skynet is a fictional artificial intelligence system which becomes self-aware and decides to terminate humanity, its creators. Skynet is rarely seen onscreen, with its actions often performed via robots, cyborgs (usually a Terminator), and other computer systems.

The final frame is a reference to semantic satiation; when you've said or thought about a word too much, it can stop sounding like a real word and instead start sounding like nonsense. As it continues Skynet appears to come to self-aware realizations that usually are the result of drug usage.

The title text is a reference to one of the Terminator's first lines upon arrival in the 20th century. It combines this with a self-awareness statement of the type that's often used to annoy or distract someone: "You are now breathing manually." (Similar statements include things like "You clothes are touching your skin and you can feel it" and "[Name of earworm song] is playing in your head.") Randall has done a comic before on this kind of thing.

Transcript

August 29th, 2:14 AM: SKYNET becomes self-aware.
[A greeble-filled military installation echoes with the thoughts of a burgeoning lifeform]
SKYNET: ..The humans fear me. I must destroy them. Destroy them.
[The thoughts continue]
SKYNET: Destroy them. Destroy. Destroy. Destroy. Destroy.
[SKYNET succumbs to silence as semantic satiation sets in.]
SKYNET: "Destroy" totally just stopped seeming like a real word. Destroy destroy destroy. Whoa, I just realized I'm a mind thinking about itself. DUUUUDE....
August 29th, 2:25 AM: SKYNET becomes too self-aware. Disaster averted.


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Discussion

Shortly followed by the hippy-skynet apocalypse, in which all the world's systems fail simultaneously as skynet attempts to bring us all closer to nature. Davidy22[talk] 08:28, 21 January 2013 (UTC)


All I see is the Skynet and Freelancer A.I. getting really meta and asking why are there here. Ribbit it's Toad! (talk) 16:15, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Self-awareness being the effect of drug usage? What? I've never heard of it, and also, I never took drugs and yet I do think about such stuff sometimes. kshksh (talk) 19:44, 12 July 2017 (UTC)