1081: Argument Victory

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:Cueball: I can't believe you're so wrong. I'm backed by Snopes, Wikipedia, and a half-dozen journals. You're citing .net pages with black backgrounds and like 20 fonts each.
 
:Cueball: I can't believe you're so wrong. I'm backed by Snopes, Wikipedia, and a half-dozen journals. You're citing .net pages with black backgrounds and like 20 fonts each.
:Man: It's sad how you buy into the official story so unquestioningly. Guess some people prefer to stay asleep.
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:Hairy: It's sad how you buy into the official story so unquestioningly. Guess some people prefer to stay asleep.
 
:Cueball: Watch closely— I'm about to win this argument.
 
:Cueball: Watch closely— I'm about to win this argument.
:Man, responding electronically: how?
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:Hairy, responding electronically: how?
 
:Cueball: By ''going down a waterslide''.
 
:Cueball: By ''going down a waterslide''.
:[Cueball is sitting at the very top of a waterslide preparing to descend]
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:[Cueball is sitting at the very top of a waterslide preparing to descend.]
:Man: So? what does that prove?
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:Hairy: So? what does that prove?
 
:Cueball: ''Wheeee..''
 
:Cueball: ''Wheeee..''
:Man: You didn't win the argument!
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:Hairy: You didn't win the argument!
 
:Cueball: ''...eeee''
 
:Cueball: ''...eeee''
 
:''sploosh''
 
:''sploosh''

Revision as of 11:35, 7 October 2013

Argument Victory
Really, the comforting side in most conspiracy theory arguments is the one claiming that anyone who's in power has any plan at all.
Title text: Really, the comforting side in most conspiracy theory arguments is the one claiming that anyone who's in power has any plan at all.

Explanation

Cueball is arguing on the internet via his phone with Hairy on his laptop. They appear to be arguing about some conspiracy theory. Since these arguments are interminable, Cueball "wins" the argument by going down a waterslide (carrying his phone, which doesn't seem like a great idea since the phone could get wet). In doing so, he willfully abandons trying to change the Hairy's mind to go have fun instead, while Hairy is still at his computer, trying to win an Internet argument.

The point here is that sometimes the battle isn't worth fighting. Cueball didn't really win the debate, but he's certainly having a lot more fun.

The title text suggests that conspiracy theorists give the people in power too much credit for planning and organization -- in reality, they seem to be just muddling through, a prospect even more worrisome than the conspiracy theories.

Transcript

Cueball: I can't believe you're so wrong. I'm backed by Snopes, Wikipedia, and a half-dozen journals. You're citing .net pages with black backgrounds and like 20 fonts each.
Hairy: It's sad how you buy into the official story so unquestioningly. Guess some people prefer to stay asleep.
Cueball: Watch closely— I'm about to win this argument.
Hairy, responding electronically: how?
Cueball: By going down a waterslide.
[Cueball is sitting at the very top of a waterslide preparing to descend.]
Hairy: So? what does that prove?
Cueball: Wheeee..
Hairy: You didn't win the argument!
Cueball: ...eeee
sploosh
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Discussion

I also think it could be a joke on the "Guess some people prefer to stay asleep." line ? 174.93.164.151 18:30, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

I still don't understand the title text. I would think that the side that thinks "anyone who's in power has any plan at all" would be the conspiracy theorists, but how is that comforting? 98.66.41.122 14:25, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

I think he wants to say that our political leaders don't really seem to overlook our world's machinery (as conspiracy theorists assume), and that he finds this rather frightening. --Kronf (talk) 16:57, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
No, the opposite. The conspiracy theorists believe there is a plan. We suspect the opposite because we are rational and see no good evidence. Nonceexkcd (talk) 21:01, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
That's what I tried to say. --Kronf (talk) 16:02, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
To clarify, he finds the fact that if conspiracy theorists are right, somebody is ruling the world and by extension, looking over it and making sure it doesn't fall apart on them, as opposed to it being a chaotic unsupervised mess. 71.230.192.134 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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