Talk:988: Tradition

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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Redacted the following from the explanation:

It would be interesting to see this research, because the most popular Christmas album of all time was not released until 1994, "Merry Christmas" by Mariah Carey. This album featured what is considered to be the most ubiquitous song around this time of the year which is "All I Want For Christmas Is You" which is also featured prominently in the very popular (and frequently replayed) movie Love Actually from 2003. The song is the only holiday song and ringtone to reach multi-platinum status in the U.S. So, usually the information that Randall presents to us doesn't immediately present itself as egregiously incorrect, but this one just seems to not factor in the popular success of a mid-90s release.

because the list on which Randall based his graph is linked later in the explanation, and Randall doesn't have control over its data (unless he's using Data Over Billboard Charts). Noëlle (talk) 12:35, 13 December 2012 (UTC)

Couldn't this be when all the older Christmas carols and such were popularly released, id est, when radios were becoming common? 15:13, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

It also doesn't include Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer which is also played incessantly. 20:26, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

And what about the alt-text? Is it perhaps suggesting that tradition is not as it is made out to be? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Eric Harvey of The Atlantic responded to this comic by pointing out that the period between radio's coming to dominance during the Depression and the onset of rock'n roll was the point where mass media was at its' most *mass* before segmentation took hold. 13:44, 17 November 2014 (UTC)