A commentary on the nature of outsourced helpdesks, perhaps? Although, IME, the problems are more due to 'sticking to a script' (which would have given an entirely different exchange) rather than an unknowledgable and casually uninterested 'service'-person. 188.8.131.52 05:15, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
- I think this is the idea behind the comic too. Kind of like a "What if it had happened today?" It sure sounds like the kind of hotline support we get today. Deantwo (talk) 10:29, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Reference to Continuum? (Canadian sci-fi show) 184.108.40.206 06:41, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Ebola? Really? Where is that..what? 220.127.116.11 09:34, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Also, I took it to refer to people being distracted on the phone in general (hence the title text) or generally not taking their jobs serious. Maybe the idea that for NASA, space travel has become so routine that mission control is no longer as engaged in the missions. Djbrasier (talk) 09:38, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps the guy answering the phone is called "Houston"? A misplaced Skype call from a rather shell shocked astronaut?