1081: Argument Victory

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Argument Victory
Really, the comforting side in most conspiracy theory arguments is the one claiming that anyone who's in power has any plan at all.
Title text: Really, the comforting side in most conspiracy theory arguments is the one claiming that anyone who's in power has any plan at all.

[edit] Explanation

Cueball is emailing or arguing on a forum with a conspiracy theorist. Cueball's opponent seems to ignore all reliable sources, instead preferring ones that are seemingly not credible (but that do agree with him). The conspiracy theorist insists that by trusting reliable sources, Cueball is simply buying in to the cover-up. Cueball says he can win the argument, and ceases to argue in favor of going down a waterslide. Since conspiracy theorists tend to be intransigent, Cueball sees himself as the victor after ceasing to argue and instead having fun (since that makes his opponent angry).

The title text points out that belief in a conspiracy presupposes that those with the power to carry out the conspiracy actually have a plan, a situation which might be found "comforting" in contrast to one of its alternatives, namely that those in power are just muddling through with no plan at all. This concept is revisited in 1274: Open Letter.

[edit] Transcript

Cueball: I can't believe you're so wrong. I'm backed by Snopes, Wikipedia, and a half-dozen journals. You're citing .net pages with black backgrounds and like 20 fonts each.
Combs Hair Down: It's sad how you buy into the official story so unquestioningly. Guess some people prefer to stay asleep.
Cueball: Watch closely— I'm about to win this argument.
CHD, responding electronically: how?
Cueball: By going down a waterslide.
[Cueball is sitting at the very top of a waterslide preparing to descend.]
CHD: So? what does that prove?
Cueball: Wheeee..
CHD: You didn't win the argument!
Cueball: ...eeee

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I also think it could be a joke on the "Guess some people prefer to stay asleep." line ? 18:30, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

I still don't understand the title text. I would think that the side that thinks "anyone who's in power has any plan at all" would be the conspiracy theorists, but how is that comforting? 14:25, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

I think he wants to say that our political leaders don't really seem to overlook our world's machinery (as conspiracy theorists assume), and that he finds this rather frightening. --Kronf (talk) 16:57, 13 May 2013 (UTC)
No, the opposite. The conspiracy theorists believe there is a plan. We suspect the opposite because we are rational and see no good evidence. Nonceexkcd (talk) 21:01, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
That's what I tried to say. --Kronf (talk) 16:02, 14 May 2014 (UTC)
I think of it as a joke, based around the stereotype of politicians having either terrible plans/policies or none at all. He finds it more comforting for them to have any plan, even if it is a conspiracy. It could be thought of as "at least they have a plan and control, instead of no plan and chaos". 09:58, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

To clarify, he finds the fact that if conspiracy theorists are right, somebody is ruling the world and by extension, looking over it and making sure it doesn't fall apart on them, as opposed to it being a chaotic unsupervised mess. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Really? Combs Hair Down? Surely there's a better name for this person... 07:13, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Conspiracy Theorist? -Pennpenn 04:10, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
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