I have recently been alerted to the existence of this blog called "xkcdsucks", which seeks to find fault with any and every xkcd comic, and the occasional one from other comics. It's negative tone and borderline bullying attitude really got to me, so I did perhaps the most effective thing ever and anonymously posted a comment.
I know, I have probably brought it to its knees now.
I thought I would share what I posted here for your perusal and curiosity. This has probably been ninja'd to hell, but I don't think the bullying aspect has really been brought to light.
The constant tone of trying to get the webcomic reading community to turn against, not just xkcd, but Randall himself seems to me to be a kind of cyber-bullying. The purpose of the blog seems to be a lot like playground politics - "Hey, we don't like Randall, so let's make a little clubhouse for ourselves and talk about him behind his back!" This comic is his livlihood, and "xkcdsucks" just seems to be trying to pull it out from under his feet, whether the critisisms are valid or not.
The recurrance of the shortening of his name to "Randy" also seems to smack of a distinct lack of respect and an intent to be mock hurtfully.
Also, the pattern of criticism I see there seems to just to be comprised of "I don't find this immediatly laugh-out-loud funny and neither do some other people, therefore it fails as a comic" and "I will explain how the humour works here to make it seems unfunny (whether it was or not) and than claim victory." Because xkcd is seen as a legitimate comic, a critic of it will seem legitiamte by association.
So, essentially, the blog's role is parasitic. It's only got a readership because xckd is successful, and if xkcd stopped, so would the blog. The guy who runs it, Carl, has worked himself into a niche that he won't be able to get out of. If xkcd comes back to the higher standards of the past, then the critisism will just begin to ring hollow and its redundancy will be shown.
Or perhaps, I'm getting too worked up about haters on the internet...
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