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Misinterpretation
"But there are seven billion people in the world! I can't possibly stop to consider how ALL of them might interpret something!" "Ah, yes, there's no middle ground between 'taking personal responsibility for the thoughts and feelings of every single person on Earth' and 'covering your eyes and ears and yelling logically correct statements into the void.' That's a very insightful point and not at all inane."
Title text: "But there are seven billion people in the world! I can't possibly stop to consider how ALL of them might interpret something!" "Ah, yes, there's no middle ground between 'taking personal responsibility for the thoughts and feelings of every single person on Earth' and 'covering your eyes and ears and yelling logically correct statements into the void.' That's a very insightful point and not at all inane."

Explanation

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Cueball is here complaining that people are mad at him because of misinterpretation. However, the off-screen voice sarcastically points out that communication involves work on behalf of the speaker as well as the listener. Cueball claims that he is being "perfectly clear", but if there is room for misinterpretation on behalf of the listener, then he is not.

A similar theme is explored in the title text of 1028: Communication, which notes that "Anyone who says that they're great at communicating but 'people are bad at listening' is confused about how communication works." The title text of 1860: Communicating also asserts that the responsibility of a misunderstanding lies with the speaker, not the listener.

Transcript

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[Cueball is sitting at a desk in front of a laptop.]
Cueball: Ugh, people are mad at me again because they don't read carefully.
Cueball: I'm being perfectly clear. It's not my fault if everyone misinterprets what I say.
Off-screen voice: Wow, sounds like you're great at communicating, an activity that famously involves just one person.


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