A quote from xkcd, or a link to a specific xkcd cartoon.
«xkcd», a favorite webcomic for many nerdy-types on the internet, has been around a long time. During its lifetime, it has made numerous jokes on and around technology, society and many, many examples of shenanigans of all kinds.
Combine these three facts—a long life, a large list of topics and a large fanbase—and you get a highly quotable and highly quoted source.
Prominent in Reddit and Twitter conversations1, the relevant xkcd manifests itself as a link to a specific xkcd cartoon, depicting the subject in question. For example:
–Man, this home office thing is messing up my sleep schedules
The relevant xkcd often pops up as a reminder that an idea (or its setbacks) have already occurred to others. For example:
–The Flat Earth Society grew its memberships by 13% last year!
The relevant xkcd has now become a shorthand for many internet discussions. Hopefully, it’s used as a starting point for useful discussion, rather than a premature end to it.
Some recurring themes
July 13, 2020 ⇐ Part of Brevity Quest 2020 (276 words) ⇒ July 21, 2020
I’m aware that I’m using the word «conversation» with a lot of generosity here.