1081: Argument Victory

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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.


Cueball is arguing on the internet via his phone with Hairy at his laptop. They appear to be arguing about some conspiracy theory which Hairy believes in. Since these arguments are interminable, Cueball forgoes further pointless debate and claims to "win" the argument by dropping the subject and going down a waterslide instead. (He's still 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 Hairy's mind, and has some good, honest fun instead, while Hairy is stuck at his computer, dogged in the assumption that there's any real value in winning an Internet argument.

The point here is that sometimes the battle isn't worth fighting. Cueball may not have "won" the debate, but it was unwinnable anyway (conspiracy theorists and other zealots never admit defeat), and he's certainly having a lot more fun.

The title text points out that belief in a conspiracy presupposes that those with the power to carry out the conspiracy actually have a plan, a situation which might be found "comforting" in contrast to one of its alternatives, namely that those in power are just muddling through with no plan at all. This concept is revisited in 1274: Open Letter.


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

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

Conspiracy theories are typically considered (especially by non-conspiracy-theorists) to make one sleepless/have nightmares, due to their often frightening nature. 19:38, 6 September 2016 (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? 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)
I think of it as a joke, based around the stereotype of politicians having either terrible plans/policies or none at all. He finds it more comforting for them to have any plan, even if it is a conspiracy. It could be thought of as "at least they have a plan and control, instead of no plan and chaos". 09:58, 30 August 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. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Really? Combs Hair Down? Surely there's a better name for this person... 07:13, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Conspiracy Theorist? -Pennpenn 04:10, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
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