438: Internet Argument

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Internet Argument
It's easier to be an asshole to words than to people.
Title text: It's easier to be an asshole to words than to people.

[edit] Explanation

Since the first time the internet made possible to have written real-time conversations with people in remote locations, it was found that most people tend to use harsh language in these conversations much more often than they would with regular spoken face-to-face conversations. This effect is similar to what happens when people drive a car: they're much more likely to get exasperated or angry at other drivers than they would when not driving.

Also, some people (collectivelly known as Trolls) find it funny to disrupt other people's conversations (usually in internet forums), posing as innocent speakers. Examples of this can be entering a conversation between cancer patients suggesting the use of some "miracle" cure, or just asking simple, obvious questions and then pretending to not understand the answers. Most probably, trolls wouldn't have this behavior if they were speaking to a group of people in real life. A similar concept is wikiterror, where someone intentionally includes false information in Wikipedia to see how long it lasts before someone notices.

In the first two panels, the two Cueballs are having some harsh words (probably insults) between them. Megan takes one of the Cueballs and flies him to the other Cueball, so they see each other face to face. In this situation, they both remain silent as none of them finds anything to say to the other.

When Megan returns Cueball to his original computer, both keep their conversation, but without the insults.

The title text just summarizes the whole idea into a single sentence.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball is typing profanities into his computer.]
[Friend is typing profanities into his computer.]
[Megan floats in behind Cueball.]
[Megan lifts Cueball.]
[They are flying over mountains.]
[Megan and Cueball are floating in front of the friend and his computer.]
[She sets Cueball down in front of the friend and his computer.]
[Megan lifts Cueball again.]
[They are flying.]
[Megan sets Cueball down in his chair at his computer.]
[Cueball is typing at his computer.]
[Friend is typing at his computer.]
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Discussion

Last ever CRT monitor?89.243.117.162 20:52, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, I did try to start a category here, but it was deleted by an admin here.--Dgbrt (talk) 21:11, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

An explain on trolling is missing. Cueball is a Troll.--Dgbrt (talk) 21:11, 26 August 2013 (UTC)

I've written a (hopefully) complete explanation, and removed the incomplete tag. I included an explanation for trolls, however I don't think this comic is about trolling. I think it's about how people who is friendly in daily life can be much harsher when there's not a face to be friendly to, but only a block of text. 173.245.53.117 04:07, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
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