Talk:1224: Council of 300

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This kind of doesn't make sense. I found the explanation for this comic through "Multiple Cueballs". There's only one. Some could argue that it's the guy speaking in the first panel, but it's only showing the front of his/her head. What if it's Ponytail? Or Hairbun? Or Rob? It doesn't show any hair.. but what if the hair is on the back of his/her head? Or what if it's a new character altogether? --JayRulesXKCD (talk) 11:34, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Look at the video in the first panel172.68.50.73

This phenomenon is explained by a Google engineer on YouTube. 08:17, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

No reference to Committee of 300?. Sorry, I have no time to elaborate. --Palmpje (talk) 12:41, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

I think the first panel is poking fun at the complete irrelevance of merit in videos going viral (i.e. a kid crying about a celebrity or a horrible song that only got recorded because the "artist's" parents were rich). You could say it seems that merit makes a video less likely to go viral, but then you'd have to think about how a small percentage of the videos are worthy of virality, and you see that that percentage within the category of viral videos is proportionate. But, that said, a conspiracy by a dark cabal would answer more questions about this phenomenon more adequately than the commonly quoted, "people are stupid," so I think the first panel is a reference to this. Hence the, "We decree that this video meets our standards and should go viral." The explanation given above really only starts in the second panel. Plus, it wouldn't be the first time xkcd referenced and made fun of conspiracy theories. 14:01, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

To me, it's just a silly hypothetical link between the number 301 and the Committee (which I didn't know about until, like, just now). I wouldn't say that it's a biting commentary about Internet popularity, but different strokes for different folks. Alpha (talk) 16:50, 12 June 2013 (UTC)
I can just see the guy doing finger quotes around "go viral". Wwoods (talk) 19:20, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

What's the helicopter-carrying-a-string video? Is that something specific and real? 09:56, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

Looks like a black helicopter (a common conspiracy theory) to me. 19:41, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

301 is the number of people in the council plus the first regular person to view it. It's an obvious point, but we seem like we want to be complete. Not sure where to add it, so I'll let wiki-magic take care of that. 19:07, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

The council member in the second panel seems to have a collar. Has Randall every drawn figures like that? 12:45, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

The collar looks like a cape to me. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Um, wHat THE FREAKIN CRUD IS WITH THE TITLE TEXT???????? it worries me Z1mp0st0rz (talk) 20:43, 17 April 2024 (UTC)

Could you explain your confusion? Is it the Title Text, even, or the explanation of the Title Text? Is this even a serious comment? 10:28, 18 April 2024 (UTC)
It just kinda scares me. MY EMOTIONS ARE NUNA UR BEESWAX *blam* haha never bother me again hahahahaha (ps its the title text it self get outta my business) Z1mp0st0rz (talk) 15:49, 18 April 2024 (UTC)