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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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Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Created by a BORED SCREAMING RESIDENT OF COLORADO (YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO COLORADO). Please mention here why this explanation isn't complete. Do NOT delete this tag too soon.

Many electronic devices have display settings that allow them to control the color and intensity of white, black, and other colors. After research that blue hues of light can keep people awake, among other things, it has become common to offer a "night shift" mode that makes the screen appear less blue and more red when one might want to sleep. This comic imagines such a mode as influencing the messages received from friends to encourage sleepiness—or, at least, to dampen the emotional response that might keep someone up too late at night. This mode likely involves color inverting, since Megan's profile picture appear inverted.

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

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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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