First of all, hello. I would've registered a long time ago if Comcast hadn't blocked my registration email. Been lurking for months now and finally got up the motivation to contribute my thoughts. So, without further ado...
Many of you may be familiar with Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, the genius behind Zero Punctuation, the (rather NSFW) weekly review movie about games and general console and Internet stuff. His most recent movie released today concerns webcomics and the creation of such. His stance is essentially that the Internet is full of losers that see the money, prestige, and money that Gabe & Tycho receive for their efforts and try to imitate their success in rather embarrassing fashion. He has previously said that Penny Arcade is the only good webcomic out there and, to be honest, were it not for XKCD, I would likely share his view. Fortunately, I have the sort of mindset that appreciates minimalism and jokes meant for an elite few (i.e. geeks) and can thus appreciate XKCD.
His webcomic rant focuses quite largely on Control+Alt+Delete (though never directly by name) and is generally an absolutely hilarious how-to guide that presents his perspective quite well. I'd argue that his view can be applied to comics such as XKCD only insofar as it is done from the perspective from the average person. Obviously, since none of us are average people, we are blissfully able to shrug off his allegations as pure nonsense and continue to do what we do best.
I'd highly recommend checking out at least his latest comic, as it does present things that I had never really thought about before. Yahtzee is good at presenting familiar things in a new and rather disturbing light that way.
EDIT: I also found his list of the only good comics on the internet. Quite a good read. And XKCD is on there, no less.
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