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Critical Thinking Spurred by xkcd

Anne Thalheimer over at FLEEN notes how cultural critic Amanda Marcotte wrote a post titled “Musing on autonomy” at the blog Pandagon about a recent comic from Randall Munroe’s xkcd.  Anne compares:

The xkcd forums for this one comic include a very wide range of comments, but many of them don’t have too much in the way of analysis. (Which is fine; the forum isn’t so much the place for that?). Pandagon, however, is. I think Marcotte’s post is right on, and it’s fascinating to see how very much these straightforward, simple lines are charged in this particular context.