2051: Bad Opinions

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Bad Opinions
I thought of another bad opinion! I couldn't find anyone who expressed it specifically, but still, the fact that I can so easily imagine it is infuriating! I'm gonna tell everyone about it!
Title text: I thought of another bad opinion! I couldn't find anyone who expressed it specifically, but still, the fact that I can so easily imagine it is infuriating! I'm gonna tell everyone about it!


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Cueball, as a form of catharsis, narcissism, and addiction, is imagining bad opinions, searching them up on the Internet, and excoriating the opinion givers. In an immediate new low, he imagines another hitherto unexpressed opinion, and promptly makes it a problem and false self-esteem booster for the Internet to bask in.

The use of the Interblag by smart and idiotic alike to violently express their opinions has been a regular theme in xkcd.

In title text he goes to a new level, where he can't find an opinion he imagined on the internet, but still wants to discredit it, just because he is so infuriated by just being able to imagine it.

This demonstrates a "strawman argument", where someone refutes an argument that wasn't actually made by anyone. (Ironically, the comic itself could be considered an example of this behavior. Randall imagines the absurd person and behavior depicted in the comic, and wrote a comic satirizing it, without knowing if such a person actually exists.)

This is a rather obvious callback to one of the most popular XKCD comics, Duty Calls, wherein Cueball is actively seeking to discredit and correct people who are "wrong" on the internet.


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Cueball sits at a computer,

Offscreen: "What are you doing?"

Cueball:"I just thought of a bad opinion someone could have, and now i'm searching to see if anyone does so I can be mad at them."

offscreen: "Sounds like you have a healthy relationship with the internet."

Cueball: "Hey, at least im not this guy i found"

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just did my first transcript, hope its good :) Nintendo Mc (talk) 15:14, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

Same whoops -Welp (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

How the heck do you "violently express your opinion" in a non-physical medium? Seems like the logic of someone who is looking for an excuse to retaliate with actual violence. Andyd273 (talk) 15:41, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

You realize that literally punching a person is not the only form of aggression and abuse? The internet is still connected to real world and things done there can have consequences. 21:22, 26 September 2018 (UTC)
Violence is not just aggression or abuse. You can be aggressive or abusive over the Internet, but the recent trend to start calling more things “violence” makes the word less useful. Yes, Internet abuse can be harmful, but it would be even more harmful if it had the potential to come with physical injury and a medical bill in extreme cases. 07:13, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

Cough Me and the Flat Earth Society. That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 15:44, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

This is clearly a reference to 386:_Duty_Calls. The chair is the same. Cueball's posture is the same. The desk is the same. The subject matter is roughly the same. The monitor and keyboard are now a laptop. Cueball's unhealthy obsession (which is still relatable to many) has become insanity.KDulcimer (talk) 17:23, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

I think this comic is primarily commenting on the phenomenon of outrage addiction (relevant: Psychology Today: "Is Our Political Outrage Addictive?", World Magazine: "Online outrage addiction", Quartz: "How Americans can break their outrage addiction"). Ahiijny (talk) 20:26, 26 September 2018 (UTC)