610: Sheeple

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Sheeple
Hey, what are the odds -- five Ayn Rand fans on the same train! Must be going to a convention.
Title text: Hey, what are the odds -- five Ayn Rand fans on the same train! Must be going to a convention.

Explanation

"Sheeple" refers to people as sheep, who blindly follow direction without thinking for themselves. The phrase "Wake up Sheeple!" has been used in xkcd other times.

Ayn Rand was a Russian-born American novelist and activist whose most famous books include, Atlas Shrugged, Anthem and The Fountainhead. She was philosophical pro-individual and anti-collectivism. Sheeple coordinates with Ayn Rand's novel, Anthem, set in the distant future in which the word "I" has been abolished and the "evils" of the communal values have created a new dark age.

Transcript

[A thought bubble is shared between the five occupants of a subway car.]
All: Look at these people. Glassy-eyed automatons going about their daily lives, never stopping to look around and think! I'm the only conscious human in a world of sheep.
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Discussion

Which one is Paul Ryan?138.162.140.55 00:44, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

tsk tsk tsk... somebody has been watching too much of the msnbc propaganda... Douglasadams472 20:56, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Probably the one with the briefcase full of money. :P Hogtree Octovish (talk) 09:25, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

I find another possible humor in tile text: Ironically, Rand fans would find the concept of a collective rather revolting. A convention is in essence a gathering of everyone who has an interest in a subject, and is thus an "average of averages" (to quote Rand herself) on the respective subject. Fans who take Rand's philosophy as intended would probably find amassing themselves with others in a social hodge-podge of people without much function, mindless discussion, and re-iterating the ideas of someone else, to be against Rand's theory of Objectivism... Unless their Libertarians, of course. Jinx 20:31, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

I wonder if this was the same train that blew the Taggart tunnel... Nemo 14:46, 24 April 2014 (UTC)
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