185: Wikifriends

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Wikifriends
It's crazy how much my gut opinion of a movie/song is swayed by what other people say, regardless of how I felt coming out of the theater.
Title text: It's crazy how much my gut opinion of a movie/song is swayed by what other people say, regardless of how I felt coming out of the theater.

[edit] Explanation

The comic's title refers Wikis, which are collaboratively edited websites. The first such site was WikiWikiWeb, but Wikipedia (an online encyclopedia) has become the most well-known example, and may have been specifically what Randall had in mind, as other comics do reference Wikipedia.

The influence of social environment is called peer pressure, often with a negative connotation. The term "Wikifriends" is coined in the comic as a label for people who adjust their views in order to incorporate into a group. That is to say that, in the same way a Wiki page can be edited by people other than the original author, a "Wikifriend" allows their opinions to be "edited" by someone else. As an example, the comic shows a discussion about a movie in which one collocutor entirely veers in his opinion when he hears what his friend thinks.

The title text suggests that Randall also observes himself to be frequently influenced by others.

[edit] Transcript

WikiFriends:
[Two people are talking to each other.]
Cueball: I really liked that movie.
Friend: I hated that movie.
Cueball: Me too.


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Discussion

I thought this was a reference to the WikiFriends group who defend WikiLeaks. I figured it was about intimidation. 184.66.160.91 02:52, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

That's impossible. The comic came out before Wikileaks even existed.120.148.234.14 22:01, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

So the group's name is a fork from this article title?Pacerier (talk) 13:13, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

I have a completely different understanding of this comic than what's in the explanation here. Wiki is a site where anyone can change content and it's instantly visible - I think Randall meant that wikifriends are wiki because anyone can change their opinion on movies because they instantly adapt what others say. 141.101.89.217 14:52, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Re:
[…] anyone can change their opinion on movies because they instantly adapt what others say.
Isn't that exactly what the explanation on this page says?Pacerier (talk) 13:13, 4 March 2016 (UTC)
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