239: Blagofaire

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Blagofaire
Things were better before the Structuring and the Levels.
Title text: Things were better before the Structuring and the Levels.

[edit] Explanation

Facts become distorted as time moves forward. What do we know about the Elizabethan times? They spoke strange English. What will 400 years from now think of the first twenty years of the Internet? Crazy people said crazy things online. Will we even say "online" 400 years from now? Won't the internet be everywhere, and everyone on it all the time in their retinal implants that being "offline" will seem absurd?

"Ren Faire" is short for "Renaissance Faire", described as "an outdoor weekend gathering, usually held in the United States, open to the public and typically commercial in nature, which emulates a historic period for the amusement of its guests."

While Cory Doctorow is not in this comic, the character is cosplaying him. This comic inspired several xkcd readers to give Cory Doctorow a red cape and goggles when he won the 2007 EFF Pioneer Award. Cory Doctrow's balloon is featured in 482.

The title Blagofaire might be an amalgamation between Blogosphere, Medieval Faire, and Blag; Randall's way of referencing his blog.

The title text might be a reference to Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, in which several references are made to the "structuring and the levels" of the wizards of Unseen University.

[edit] Transcript

Man in Red Cape and Goggles: Hey, it worked!
Cueball: What? Who are you?
Man in Red Cape and Goggles: I'm from the distant future.
Cueball: Wow. Hi!
Man in Red Cape and Goggles: Are you a blogger? I play one of you at our festivals!
Cueball: Huh?
Man in Red Cape and Goggles: Like the ren faires of your time — I do reenactments.
Man in Red Cape and Goggles: We relive the days when the internet was new and free. The days of risky sharing, slashdot, the myspace music renaissance. The generation's finest minds meeting on comment threads, battling roving bands of trolls, and holding the great dialogues of the age!
Cueball: Is that how you—
Man in Red Cape and Goggles: We're fuzzy on some details. Did bloggers really wear red capes and goggles and blog from high-altitude balloons?
Cueball: No!
Cueball: Well, Cory Doctorow does. But nobody else.
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Discussion

Offline would mean dead. 173.245.54.47 13:35, 24 November 2013 (UTC)

Structuring and levels?

I still don't understand the title text. Structuring, levels? Can it be explained more thoroughly?141.101.81.220 15:52, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

I can't figure out how to word well enough to add it in, but my interpretation is that's it's a joke about the way that we organize time, with the Structuring and the Levels being like the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. Someone living through both wouldn't notice a sudden difference between them, while someone looking at them as past events can think of things in terms of decades and centuries, and choose a point at the start, middle or end of the gradual changes which brought about the later time period. 108.162.246.209 22:16, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
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