Talk:1120: Blurring the Line
- There's a whole host of movies that white hat might be referring to. We can't know just from one theme present in the play, as there's a bajillion possible movies that it could be. Best to leave it unnamed.Davidy22 (talk) 11:54, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
- Or we could just mention the best-known (recent enough that a plurality of modern First-Worlders remember the ad blitz for it, yet old enough that many of those already probably regard it as a classic) example of such a movie, "Inception". I could say a lot more on the subject of MNG, but I'm not exactly an unbiased witness, so I'll leave the topic alone for now. 188.8.131.52 19:53, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
I don't think he was "passing the conversational ball" so much as it was meant to be a humorous blurring of the line between metaphor and reality (he's the "Michael Jordan" of blurring the line between metaphor and reality and then he has an actual basketball). Also, what is "masturbatory naval gazing" supposed to mean? If someone could explain that portion, that would be great. Trek7553 (talk) 14:51, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
Referring to the basketball's orange color in the transcript could make a more accurate transcript. The appearance of the coloured basketball in the otherwise black and white panels is a very dramatic intrusion of "more reality" into the black and white 2D panel. "More reality" since color is an important property most of us experience in our real lives. A very abstract 2D drawing of people discussing 3D movie depictions of our shared actual reality (i've never considered xkcd to reference Flatland) seems to be playing with levels of abstraction visually, in addition to the self-referential language.Rashby (talk) 07:07, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
- Yes. Entirely so. I mean, literally what other function could it have? -Pennpenn 184.108.40.206 03:07, 13 April 2016 (UTC)
"Masturbatory navel gazing" is a contradiction in terms, hence the cursor text.
From Merriam-Webster: Naval-gazing is useless or excessive self-contemplation. One could define a movie about movies in this way. Masturbation is self-love, and a movie about movies could be thought of as a form of self love too. --Johngardner (talk) 15:44, 12 October 2012 (UTC)