On the whole, there are very few people who know anything about String Theory, or Schrodinger's Cat, so much of XKCD's science, maths and computer-programming based humour will make no sense whatsoever to much of the uneducated masses. The enjoyment people get from XKCD is not from finding the jokes actually funny (they often aren't), but from understanding the jokes at all. Reading XKCD, you sort of give yourself a congradulatory chuckle everytime you actually understand a joke, as though this is your reward for all those years, learning the in and outs of programmer languages:
- "Damn, I knew all that time spent learning about the properties of Strontium would come in handy!"
- I am not trying to suggest that elitism is bad.
- I am not even condemning XKCD for being elitist. I actually praised it for being so.
- By pointing out that the humour is elitist, I am merely trying to suggest that some will not get the more sophisticated jokes which cater to specific niches. I am treating the term "elitist" as partly synonymous with "niche" in that both terms apply to smaller, specific groups.
- Regardless of whether or not the jokes are elitist, (admittedly, many of XKCD's jokes are simple and straightforward), the major criticism I am making of XKCD is that I don't find the jokes funny, and that the only humour I could exact from the site was the self-congratulatory kind I have mentioned earlier. This is a personal case of YMMV, but of course, that goes without saying in a subjective review.
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