Title text: For the final exam, you take a screenshot showing off all the work you've done in the class, and it has to survive being uploaded, thumbnailed, and re-screenshotted through a chain of social media sites.
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The comic shows a syllabus of a course on screenshots. The image on the left shows an image of screenshots of text, along with what seems like annotations describing various ratios and dos and don'ts about making such screenshots. The right side shows the main points of the course, touching on topics that are relevant for making and publishing screenshots. Some of these guidelines are violated on a regular basis by people sharing screenshots on the internet, leading to the degradation of quality of digital content (see 1683: Digital Data). The punchline of the comic describes a high attendance in the course (presumably many people are interested in how to take high-quality screenshots), however the digital textbook only sold one copy, implying that the only attendee that bought the book was adept enough to distribute screenshots of the textbook content to the others.
"Embarrassing background tabs" may refer to this, where a politician handed out a document with background tabs to pornography websites.
The title text once again refers to the continual re-screenshotting of data as seen in 1683: Digital Data, where the final examination consists of the students taking a screenshot good enough that it is still recognizable (and hopefully readable) after being re-compressed, re-screenshotted and re-uploaded to various social networking sites, deteriorating its quality. This is quite a difficult task, considering the student only has control over the first screenshot, and subsequent screenshots could degrade the quality to any level. Hopefully the professor is aware of this and plans to perform the test under controlled conditions, as well as grade on a curve.
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- Intro to Screenshots
- Highlighting: What & how much
- Aspect ratios
- Cropping: Pre- and post-
- Screenshots vs links
- Catching the right GIF frame
- Snapchat and trust
- Embarrassing backround tabs
- Spellcheck's red outlines
- Security: Beware URL tokens
- Redacting personal info
- Useful browser modes
- Tradeoffs: PNG vs JPG
- Watermark ethics
- Spotting fakes
- [Caption below the frame:]
- My class on screeshots was a big hit, although for some reason I only ever sold one copy of the digital textbook.
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