I posted this on Twitter but no one laughed at it.

by John Holbo on March 2, 2019

I thought it was hilarious.



Mike-SMO 03.02.19 at 5:53 am

I worked for that guy.

Funny in a bitter sortof way.


painedumonde 03.02.19 at 6:22 am



Greg Sanders 03.02.19 at 11:51 am

Reminded me of a recent comic in a long plot strip involving two versions of a character talking to themselves (there’s mystical reasons for that set up, but I think the backstory isn’t necessary to appreciate the final panel).



Ted 03.02.19 at 2:20 pm

Where’s it from?


Eric Scharf 03.02.19 at 2:46 pm


Rich 03.02.19 at 3:08 pm

A borderline engaged in projective Identification


BruceJ 03.02.19 at 5:36 pm

Well I thought it was hilarious, too…perhaps it was the context? Not clearly orange enough?


JimV 03.02.19 at 5:40 pm

Yes, Trump is a classical Marvel villain. It turns out not to be so humorous when reality imitates the comics, though. I may never laugh at a Marvel villain again.


William S Berry 03.02.19 at 10:57 pm

If no-one laughs on Twitter can you hear them not laughing?


John Holbo 03.02.19 at 11:39 pm


It’s from “Defenders” #43. Egghead, the leader of the Emissaries of Evil, is telling Solarr and Rhino that THEY must take the blame for the fact that the gem he said would be in Dr. Strange’s Sanctum wasn’t there.



Ted 03.03.19 at 10:59 am

Thanks for the reference!


bianca steele 03.04.19 at 4:24 pm

The “I’m here on Twitter doing my thing and you’re barging in to my safe space!” attitude to using the Internet is still new to me (after all these years?). Your comment seems to me like a variant on that.

The one I’m most used to, though, is “I’m here on Usenet and if you insist on being here too I’m happy to badger to you until you act and talk the way I think you should.” I’ve seen it called “the pedagogical imperative,” and it’s far from a thing for actual teachers. More like religious witnessing, ISTM.

They’re structurally similar, in a sense, which (as in Greg Sanders’s comic) raises the question whether they’re the same thing, just filtered through the neuroses of distinct observers.

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