Feddlefew wrote:So... Your day was disturbed because an independent entity decided to bring something (nonharmful) into your environment that you dislike? Is this because a person wearing the t-shirt obviously likes XKCD? Have you tried constructing scenarios that they do not like/know about XKCD but is wearing their roommate's t-shirt because they're out of shirts?
Well, if you think of the T-shirt in itself as something non-harmful, I can understand why you'd think I have a serious issue. The thing is, those folks are not assorted people who only by chance decided to wear a T-shirt with stick figures -- they are folks who willingly
want to insert themselves into the stereotype of fashionable computer geek
, as if they have to fit a determined mold just because they work with computer science; you know, the folks that think that computers are better than anything else, and computer science and maths are obviously more important than other useless fields like sociology, philosophy and history. In a discussion from my college course, someone has explicitly stated that people from computer courses are more intelligent than the others and their opinions are worth more than those from the humanities. It's people like that who want to use xkcd
as a symbol of "computers are cool", as if they have something to prove to the others. The result is that anything
that Randall does that affirms the coolness and superiority of computers is deemed as awesome. I can't stand that attitude.
Am I exaggerating? Well, I've just conluding the main reason why someone would wear an xkcd T-shirt: maybe they just like it that much
, but liking it is not enough, and they have to show it to others
. They want to be identified. And the only person who would identify an xkcd fan is... another xkcd fan. A normal people would have to stop and stare at the T-shirt to read it all the way to the end, and most people wouldn't get the joke, and many would just be indifferent. But a fellow xkcd fan would find it "awesome" by default. It's a badge of "if you like this, you're as cool as I am", in short. I mean, if people just want to identify themselves as computer folks, xkcd is not the best option for that! There are much more direct jokes that about anyone can understand. But not xkcd: it is an "elite club", and I hate being part of a group that wants to be so exclusive. I'm not special for studying computer science, and I don't think anyone is, in short.