Critical Miss: Doubleplusungood

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I didn't read 1984 but I did read Animal Farm.

It was amazing.

Heh.. clever stuff... I am really starting to enjoy this comic. My hat is off to you.

Id love to call this comic "Smart Humor", but im afraid i wouldent get half the jokes if i did! xD

I showed this comic to a couple of my friends and they didnt get half the jokes.

Gindil:

Latinidiot:
I tried reading 1984 again, to see why I loved it so much.

And now i remember.

Because it fucking scared me to death. Nights have gone by sleeplessly, because I feared an other big Brother might take over.

God, it has made me shit my pants more than most horror stories.

I'll do you one better

Normally, we call that a mirror. It truly is the most horrifying device ever created, and all it does is reflect exactly the truth(the internet has especially become what is depicted by Huxley).

EDIT: If I understand, the thing that should scare you most about Huxley's ideal is that it is not something that is imposed on us by some evil, power-mad conspiracy. It's the result of blind, uninformed, uncritical, and unprincipled choices that we make along the way.

Latinidiot:

Gindil:

Latinidiot:
I tried reading 1984 again, to see why I loved it so much.

And now i remember.

Because it fucking scared me to death. Nights have gone by sleeplessly, because I feared an other big Brother might take over.

God, it has made me shit my pants more than most horror stories.

I'll do you one better

Strangely that doesn't scare me. I am in full control of what I want, and what i don't want. very little I am forced. what did scare me were in 1984 were the newspeak, the deleting of means to express oneself. I believe that is still firmly intact.

Funnily enough, I saw 1984 as a parody of totalitarianism and Brave New World as a vision of things to come.
Being forced to give up expression and thought is much better than chosing to by your own will.

foxyexplosion:

Grey Carter:

manythings:
It took me a second to get the last panel because I was trying to see the Skateboarder but now I realise how dumb that was.

OT: Wasn't the exact same plot of a game a while back but you were a rollerskating graffiti artist or some similar bullshit?

You're thinking of Marc Ecko's: Getting up, I believe. I think. It was similar yes but that was more about Graffiti, which has a much more credible link to revolution/dissent than skateboarding. It was nicely written too but even so it had a lot of product sponsorship which seemed at odds with the game's message. I'd certainly recomend it though.

The fact that Ecko himself is a raging goddamn assbox didn't help matters.

He may also be thinking of Jet Set Radio. Except the thing about JSR was that it was both awesome and cool. It could be a little obnoxious but the entire point of it was to to show how to bring art to the world through means of pressurized, sprayable paint. The figurative "Man" would have simply been the one who didn't allow this free form of expression. And since I am of the persuasion of people who believe that if everything can be painted awesome and intricately, i think we should do it. I do however really hate bad graffiti artists, because i hate to look at just a couple of stupid curvy lines carelessly written on a wall. The reason Shaun White is a tool is because he took what could of been an alright simple "down with the man" story and just put baconators all over it.

I dunno, I find myself wanting to buy one of these baconators. Glad I'm not jewish.

manythings:
It took me a second to get the last panel because I was trying to see the Skateboarder but now I realise how dumb that was.

OT: Wasn't the exact same plot of a game a while back but you were a rollerskating graffiti artist or some similar bullshit?

Yeah, Jet Grind Radio. But it wasn't about fighting propaganda with propaganda.

Anyways, this was the most win usage 1984 references ever.

Grey Carter:

manythings:
It took me a second to get the last panel because I was trying to see the Skateboarder but now I realise how dumb that was.

OT: Wasn't the exact same plot of a game a while back but you were a rollerskating graffiti artist or some similar bullshit?

You're thinking of Marc Ecko's: Getting up, I believe. I think. It was similar yes but that was more about Graffiti, which has a much more credible link to revolution/dissent than skateboarding. It was nicely written too but even so it had a lot of product sponsorship which seemed at odds with the game's message. I'd certainly recomend it though.

The fact that Ecko himself is a raging goddamn assbox didn't help matters.

No no no, he's thinking of Jet Grind Radio, and yes, it was basically the same thing.

VanQQisH:
This is the first of your comics that I actually didn't get. Can someone fill me in on the reference so I can go and enlighten myself?

George Orwell wrote of dystopia societies and political topics. He wrote 1984 and Animal Farm. Very good reads. What the comic is saying it that Shaun White's Skateboarding is butchering the idea and commercializing it, making George Orwell turn in his grave... Multiple times

Optimystic:
Shouldn't the tombstone read "Eric Arthur Blair?"

Ahem.

Yes, we know.

Orwell has been turning in his grave ever since TV studios made a mockery of his work with Big Brother...

Well, at least we now have free power in the form of an orwell-powered turbine power plant!

manythings:
It took me a second to get the last panel because I was trying to see the Skateboarder but now I realise how dumb that was.

OT: Wasn't the exact same plot of a game a while back but you were a rollerskating graffiti artist or some similar bullshit?

Jet set radio future. Awesome game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J3bmKLw5hw

Grey Carter:
Critical Miss: Doubleplusungood

Imagine an Etnies sneaker stamping on a human face - forever.

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hahahahahahah nice skateboard-videogame/commen saying combination

that's clever.... *chuckle*

OH. this reminds me of that movie skate or die. wow. what a bad movie...

What made me laugh the hardest was the brilliantly timed "Oh Yes" in the second panel, as if it was a response to my oh-so-warranted exclamation of disbelief.

I've just realized how much I like the artwork in this series. :D

And the last panel is pure gold.

Grey Carter:

No seriously. You have to fight against the evils of the 'Ministry' which has outlawed fun and emotion. To do this you do rad tricks and sell Baconators.

I wish I was making that up.

Ah, seeing how your comic made my night, this quote should suffice for tomorrow. :D

I love how they say ''Oscar Mike!'' when they aren't moving.

Love it.

Fav one so far. These just keep getting better.

Very classy, nice and subtle. Kudos.

Ahlycks:

Grey Carter:
Critical Miss: Doubleplusungood

Imagine an Etnies sneaker stamping on a human face - forever.

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hahahahahahah nice skateboard-videogame/commen saying combination

that's clever.... *chuckle*

OH. this reminds me of that movie skate or die. wow. what a bad movie...

The line "imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever" Is a quote from the book 1984 by George Orwell. As is obvious his name is used for the term Orwellian, generally whenever a totalitarian regime fits his novel loosely the term is applied. Just thought I'd tell you where the common phrase comes from.

If you haven't read 1984, DO IT!

/edited out cursing, apologies.

philosophicalbastard:

Latinidiot:

Gindil:

I'll do you one better

Strangely that doesn't scare me. I am in full control of what I want, and what i don't want. very little I am forced. what did scare me were in 1984 were the newspeak, the deleting of means to express oneself. I believe that is still firmly intact.

Funnily enough, I saw 1984 as a parody of totalitarianism and Brave New World as a vision of things to come.
Being forced to give up expression and thought is much better than chosing to by your own will.

As a utilitarian myself, I saw Brave New World as a stark warning about the dangers of that course.

If you have to forcibly change what people enjoy to make more people happy, it's false and hollow. It makes the idea of 'preference' at the heart of Preference Utilitarianism meaningless.

I think Brave New World is a much more likely dystopia than 1984, and it worries me a lot more.

"Bitch! Fuck Your Arteries!"

Nuff said.

Seems like the worst rip off of Jet Set Radio ever, and I thought Air Gear was bad

ROFLMAO! XD

oh priceless!!

It's obvious, but it probably should be said at every opportunity; in-game advertising is stale ass.

I wish horrible games weren't so easy to make fun of because in the end that's all people remember. This did make me want to play Jet Set Radio though.

stinkychops:

Ahlycks:

Grey Carter:
Critical Miss: Doubleplusungood

Imagine an Etnies sneaker stamping on a human face - forever.

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hahahahahahah nice skateboard-videogame/commen saying combination

that's clever.... *chuckle*

OH. this reminds me of that movie skate or die. wow. what a bad movie...

The line "imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever" Is a quote from the book 1984 by George Orwell. As is obvious his name is used for the term Orwellian, generally whenever a totalitarian regime fits his novel loosely the term is applied. Just thought I'd tell you where the common phrase comes from.

If you haven't read 1984, DO IT!

/edited out cursing, apologies.

I was talking about the spinning in the grave part.

And yeah, I have already read that book, though it was two years ago. What a disappointing anding ;~;

Best punchline panel ever. Critical Miss never fails to score.

Poor Georgy.

Zachary Amaranth:

teh_Canape:

Zachary Amaranth:
How do I learn this trick?

write an awesome book with a story good enough to be remembered into pop culture

then wait until it gets raped by game developers who don't know how to do it properly

oh, but you must die in the process =P

Rats. My writing is the modern equivalent of dime novels.

Orwell's writing wasn't great either, it was his ideas.

If you really need an example of why I and probably many other think that idiots are idiots because of pointless trends then this game is a perfect example

Despite this game obviously lame as hell and all the Orwell references, the part I found the funniest in this edition is simply the look on Erin's face in the fourth panel. Sometimes it's just the little things I guess.

Ironic Pirate:

Zachary Amaranth:

teh_Canape:

write an awesome book with a story good enough to be remembered into pop culture

then wait until it gets raped by game developers who don't know how to do it properly

oh, but you must die in the process =P

Rats. My writing is the modern equivalent of dime novels.

Orwell's writing wasn't great either, it was his ideas.

I'm probably still boned. >.<

VanQQisH:
This is the first of your comics that I actually didn't get. Can someone fill me in on the reference so I can go and enlighten myself?

The joke is that they decided to make a plot for the game that is a ridiculous crusade by skate rats to somehow overthrow a totalitarian regime. I can only assume this occured due to the fact that skateboarding is a counter-culture and actually banned in a lot of places that don't want to deal with the liability issues of people using their sidewalks/blacktop for skateboarding since they could hit someone, injure themselves, or just discourage business due to all kinds of loud people whizzing by. Conflicts between street boarders and people who own things like parking garages (where a lot of them want to ride) are semi-legendary, the police get involved, and it leads to retaliation in terms of vandalism and such by people who argue they should be able to skate anywhere. Trying to capture the essence of these kinds of anti-societal attitudes could be considered giving kids a bad message, after all teaching kids that it's okay to say spray paint swear words on the wall of someone's parking garage, or get into it with the police over issues like tresspassing is going to be seen as promoting a negative message. On the other hand exagerrating things to a ridiculous extreme and presenting them as freedom fighters instead of vandals and anarchists in a "dark future" setting (sort of like Cyberpunk but without the sex and violence) allows them to include these kinds of cultural elements but in a "positive" way as stupid as it might be.

The nature of the society in question which is pretty much malevolent and oppressive for the sake of being malevolent and oppressive reminds people of a famous novel/social criticism called "1984".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

Wikipedia has a basic run down on the plot which should do a lot to explain the specific jokes. Especially seeing as the idea of a goverment like this messing with skaeboarders (instead of just killing them and disappearing their families) is kind of ridiculous.

One thing I will point out though is that I think a lot of people, including the guys who wrote that wiki miss some of the subtexts of that book. Among them the simple fact that the people in that society were in part controlled with drugs and were actually happy with the system. As was mentioned when I read it in school, one of the big questions that needs to be asked is whether the guy in question was the problem, or if the society really was the problem. It's more frightening when viewed that way actually because if examined properly there is no easy answer to that question. This isn't really the place for me to ramble on my own thoughts about it.

It's also noteworthy that George Orwell himself was a believer in Democratic Socialism (as opposed to what someone here saying that he opposed it). That is to say that he's against capitolism/competition and the basic ownership of individual property. He's not a totalitarian in his views, but he's also definatly not someone who supports American ideals, unfettered personal freedom, and similar things. As a result I think a lot of people project messages onto his writing that are a little differant from what he was actually saying.

He also wrote a criticism of Communism and Capotalism (sort of), called "Animal Farm".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm

The basic premise being that animals on a farm rebel against the farmers and establish a goverment to rule, based on the premise "All Animals Are Equal". Something that can be associated both with communism, AND a lot of America's ideals. Our "All Men Are Created Equal" arguement being very similar. What basically happens in his book is that not all animals ARE equal and the Pigs who are smarter than other animals pretty much wind up taking over and gradually becoming more and more human. When other animals catch on, they wind up getting killed off. Eventually the pigs turn almost fully human, and then sell the farm and leave.

Very thought provoking books, which is the entire point, though as I said they aren't quite as straightforward as a lot of people like to think, because George Orwell himself would be liable to disagree with the central philsophies a lot of us hold ourselves. Sure we both don't care for communism or totalitarianism, but we tend to overlook the criticisms he winds up making. As some would argue "Animal Farm" can be considered both extremely racist, due to the intended human projection (all people are not equal, no more than all animals are), and the ultimate message that it's knowlege that leads to corruption of the best ideals. Something especially interesting when you look at "1984" and realize that things really went wrong for the protaganist when his blissful ignorance ended, and he could no longer be content within the system like most other people. I doubt many of us would want George Orwell setting up the society we live in.

At any rate, the whole point here is that it's using a rather well known and profound totalitarian society of fiction, in contrast to obnoxious Skate Rats, to show how utterly ridiculous this premise is. :P

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