Title text: 'I was pretty good at skeet shooting, but was eventually kicked off the range for catching the clay pigeons in a net and dispatching them execution-style.'
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: This explanation isn't nearly formal enough. It feels like a transcript of what someone said, and is way off the mark in terms of tone. In addition, Cueball telling Black Hat that he's "not the catch type" is left completely unaddressed.|
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The conversation in the first three panels is fairly banal—it's a quick rumination on the nature of social networking platforms, and a brief reflection on their evolution. Whether or not everybody switches over to Google+ or stays on Facebook is of no matter, as evidenced by the fact that AOL and IRC still both have devoted (if dwindling) followings.
And then, Black Hat shoots a crossbow bolt through the basketball. The implication is that he was invited to join the game by way of the ball being thrown his way. He has declined the invitation.
It's a symbolic gesture. When Black Hat says he's not the 'catch' type, what we're really meant to take away from the comic is that Black Hat will do what he wants to do, regardless of what his friends are doing. They're shooting hoops, he's on his phone. They're playing catch, he's got a crossbow.
The point is that Black Hat doesn't care about universal acceptance. Black Hat cares about Black Hat. The fact that he's not the catch type symbolizes that while statisticians may portray social networkers as a sort of hive mind that will gravitate towards one platform over another, at the end of the day that hive mind is made up of innumerable individuals, many of whom will share Black Hat's easily summarized world view: My way.
In the title text, we hear of another instance of Black Hat playing by his own rules at a skeet shooting range. A clay pigeon is a clay disc that is thrown into the air and serves as a target for a shotgun. For the sole purpose of bending the rules, Black Hat captured the clay pigeons using a net and then shot them from a very close range (despite being an excellent shot), eventually getting expelled from the shooting range.
- [Two Cueball-like guys are playing basketball. The right guy (Cueball) attempts to throw the basketball through the hoop, but it bounces off down to his friend. To the right Black Hat has his back to the other two while he is looking at his phone.]
- Friend: Do you seriously think everyone will move to Plus? It was hard enough getting them on Facebook.
- [The friend has caught the rebound and now passes the basketball back to Cueball. Black Hat is not shown.]
- Cueball: Do they have to?
- Cueball: My mom still uses AOL—it doesn't mean my social life has to happen there.
- [Only Cueball is shown. He passes the basketball to the right towards the off-pannel Black Hat.]
- Cueball: Universal adoption isn't everything. I mean, IRC is still—
- [Zoom in on the basketball as an arrow pierces the ball.]
- [Cueball looks to Black Hat who has a crossbow in one hand, he is still looking at the phone in his other hand. The ball with the arrow lies between them.]
- Cueball: You're not really the "catch" type, are you?
- Black Hat: I am not.
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