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0006: "Irony"

Postby Mencel » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:17 am UTC

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Alt-text: It's commonly known that too much perspective can be a downer.
http://xkcd.com/6/
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Re: "Irony" Discussion

Postby Mencel » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:18 am UTC

I don't fully understand this comic, it's been bugging me. Could someone please explain it?

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Re: "Irony" Discussion

Postby Rook » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:25 am UTC

The statement is self referential. The statement claims it would not be funny without irony; this is the real irony, because the statement is not funny at all. This [the complete lack of real humour] being meta-humour.

Once again, the alt-text makes it. The idea is, you read the top, then the bottom, and go "Haha... oh. Well, shit". The alt-text picks it back up again.


And after that lot, I'll be amazed if you ever find it funny. Nothing sucks the humour out of a joke like painful explanation ;)
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Re: "Irony" Discussion

Postby Mencel » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:31 am UTC

What is the significance of the last frame?

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Re: "Irony" Discussion

Postby Rook » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:35 am UTC

It's desolate. Like the alt-text says; too much perspective just kills the whole thing.
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Re: "Irony" Discussion

Postby pKp » Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:47 am UTC

I had completely forgotten this comic. I clearly need another XKCD marathon.
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Re: "Irony" Discussion

Postby feureau » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:56 pm UTC

Or a random strip marathon. Marathoning xkcd by clicking only the random button until you have seen every single strip ever published.
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Re: "Irony" Discussion

Postby Rhombix » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:39 pm UTC

Here's a strip of Irony for ya:

The Pythons got famous by putting randomness on BBC2

And it has become a quote-bible in terms of humor :)

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0006: "Irony"

Postby LucasBrown » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:25 am UTC

On a search, I discovered that there was no thread as yet for #6... If I'm wrong, just go ahead and delete this.
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Alt text: "It's commonly known that too much perspective can be a downer."

A little surreality with your irony?


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