I think you are trying to say that criticism is cathartic. I would counter that everyone loves a good helping of schadenfreude, though that is not quite the right word. But you know what I mean. You suck, xkcd sucks, everyone sucks. Can't you just feel it, surging through your veins? Give in to the dark side.
That is exactly what I was not saying.
be cathartic. A prime example would be lambasting a politician you hate after a particularly infuriating decision. It can also be fun; torpedoing a creative trainwreck or an amusingly incompetent individual can be a rich source of amusement.
Sometimes it's neither. It brings me no pleasure or relief to say that these kids
are sick in the head and there's probably no hope for them.
All of these types of criticism are fine in themselves, as long as it's in the appropriate context. As it happens, this thread is a perfectly appropriate context for negative criticism of XKCD. The reason everyone's mad at Lostman/Mathstar isn't because he's critical, it's because he's been acting dumb and obnoxious.
...eventually, we will reach a maximum entropy state where nobody has their own socks or underwear, or knows who to ask to get them back.