2430: Post-Pandemic Hat
Title text: Plus a shirt that says "it feels like you're making eye contact."
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This is another comic in a series related to the 2020 pandemic of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a significant shift from in-person to computer-mediated interactions for both recreational and professional activities. For many, the computer setup used for these interactions is a laptop with a webcam above the screen. As people have become accustomed to looking directly into the camera, i.e. above where the other people's faces are, to simulate eye contact for meetings, Randall implies that there will be issues returning to pre-COVID life. In response, he has designed a baseball cap with an image that resembles a laptop webcam that sits above the wearer's eyes and a message that humorously acknowledges that the reader is likely reverting to virtual meeting habits for in-person interactions and that reminds people that for in-person interactions, one must look the other person's face, not above it like there's a webcam there.
The apparent tendency for the heterosexual male's gaze to gravitate down towards the covered breasts of women they may be talking to is famously lampshaded by ladies' T-shirts with writing such as "Hey! My eyes are up there!" and an arrow. Though its effect may be diluted by the saccadic movements that also draw focus towards words that 'demand to be read' (which may even be the intent from at least some of those wearing these garments), which may also be an issue in the case of this hat. For added irony, one could perhaps fit an actual active camera module within the body of the hat seeing the world through a pinhole in the 'fake' camera image.
Actual shirt-based text (as in the Title Text) would represent where a video-conferencer is not staring at the screen-top camera to 'fake' eye contact on the other screen(s) but truly aimed at the image of the eyes. The view of such an 'honest' stare could look like a 'chest gaze'.
1889: xkcd Phone 6 'solved' all these problems by putting a camera in the middle of the screen.
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[A ballcap with an image of a webcam lens and a message reading "Excuse me, my eyes are actually down here" above a downward-facing arrow] Label: hat for post-pandemic socializing
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