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Night Shift
Help, I set my white balance wrong and suddenly everyone is screaming at each other about whether they've been to Colorado.
Title text: Help, I set my white balance wrong and suddenly everyone is screaming at each other about whether they've been to Colorado.

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Many electronic devices have settings to adjust display color and intensity. "Night shift," or similar modes make the display less blue. This may be useful in the evening, since blue light interfere more with becoming sleepy. This comic re-imagines such a mode as influencing the content of messages to encourage sleepiness—or, at least, to dampen the emotional response that might keep someone up too late at night.

In the title text, the reverse has occurred. By setting his white balance incorrectly, the opinions that Randall is reading are more intense, even about "simple" things as having visited Colorado or not.

This strip then references the fact that on the internet, very few people answer in the singulars of 'Yes' or 'No' or another equally short and definable answer. This may be because there is little perceived value in such a short but factual answer, when you have the opportunity to voice your opinion, sometimes at length. Also in many cultures indirect expression is the norm, or polite; a short direct answer is considered less acceptable, especially in the negative.

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[Comments with peoples' profile pictures in front of them are shown in white comment boxes on a gray background.]
Cueball: The Atlantic Ocean is big
Ponytail: The Pacific is even bigger
Cueball With Full Body Profile Picture (WFBPP): They're both very big
Megan: A lot of people have TVs
Hairbun: Some people don't
Megan: Yeah, that's true
Cueball: 24 isn't a prime number
Cueball WFBPP: Neither is 25
Hairbun: Have you ever been to Colorado?
Megan: No
Cueball WFBPP: No
Cueball: Yeah
Ponytail: No
[Caption below the panel:]
My phone has a night shift mode to help me sleep, but instead of reducing the intensity of blue light, it reduces the intensity of opinions.


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