Talk:2554: Gift Exchange

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I assumed this comic was saying that political scientists like looking at the data from "surveys". And "it's complicated" reminds me of a survey option. The title text seems to be about survey ratings, which are from a 1-5 or 1-10 scale. 17:57, 13 December 2021 (UTC)

Shouldn't someone mention that this comic came out a few weeks before Christmas, when it is customary for people in certain Christian countries to give gifts to each other (citation needed)?

I thought that the point was that Ponytail was being given the present of having to organise the fair gift exchange, not that she was giving her family a gift of it.

  • Ponytail says "Ugh" at the start, implying that she doesn't want to organize the exchange, but since Cueball in this strip is a political scientist, she's offering him the gift of getting to organize it. -- 04:42, 15 December 2021 (UTC)

white elephant gift exchange? We call it Evil Santa a play on Secret Santa 09:00, 15 December 2021 (UTC)

  • Oh, I now see that there are a number of listed variants on the Secret Santa page 09:05, 15 December 2021 (UTC)

Might the title also be a reference to Matcel Mauss' classical text "The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies" ? 09:43, 15 December 2021 (UTC)

Is the mention of "white elephant" appropriate here? The comic itself doesn't seem to imply that this is about "white elephant" gifts, but rather the opposite (desired, or fair, gifts) 18:54, 15 December 2021 (UTC)