Penny Arcade - Comic - Parasociety

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Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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  • OctoberRavenOctoberRaven Plays fighting games for the story Skyeline Hotel Apartment 4ARegistered User regular
    For those wondering, it's someone called CallMeCarson.

    Is this really a common thing though?

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  • TheSchaefTheSchaef Registered User regular
    edited January 8
    Is this really a common thing though?


    It doesn't have to be. Sensational stories get amplified, particularly if the person has even the slightest notoriety.

    Put another way, there are 50 million content creators users on YouTube. If this was literally a one-in-a-million phenomenon and they started getting busted over the course of a year, you'd say to yourself, man, it seems like I'm hearing about another one of these every week. And you would be correct. And it would still be extraordinarily uncommon.

    It's the same reason we have a generation of helicopter parents: endless news stories have everyone convinced their kids are going to get kidnapped right out from under their nose, Minority Report style, in an age when kidnapping is actually way down and most of those cases are just custody disputes between separated/divorced parents. The perception of a crime is heightened and it creates the illusion that it's happening everywhere.

    Disclaimer: crime is bad, and please take care of your children. I'm just talking about human psychology.

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  • BropocalypseBropocalypse Registered User regular
    edited January 8
    Gabe has a pen-name, it seems.

    I'm pretty picky about which internet personalities I follow. Just hoping Markiplier doesn't turn out to be reprehensible in some way.

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  • TrueLinkTrueLink Registered User regular
    Does the universe implode upon itself when Gabe Jr. becomes older than Gabe Sr., or does it it wait until Gabe the Third is born? Asking for a friend.

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  • Johnny17Johnny17 Registered User regular
    I assume the book is meant to improve your attitude towards pedophiles, right?

  • ironzergironzerg Registered User regular
    You know you've been reading PA for a long time when your first impression of this comment is, "What? Gabe's kid has facial hair now?"



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  • swaylowswaylow Registered User regular
    I would like to take a moment to appreciate the back cover of the book in panel 3. I really enjoyed Gabe's "smug author face" in panel 2 but didn't see the details on the back until I looked again.

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    For those wondering, it's someone called CallMeCarson.

    Is this really a common thing though?

    About as common as any other celebrity I'd imagine. With the world far more connected with nearly all online interactions being recorded we notice these things now more.

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  • dennisdennis Registered User regular
    I think it's probably also a callback to Dr Disrespect's bathroom invasion.

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  • v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    For those wondering, it's someone called CallMeCarson.

    Is this really a common thing though?

    About as common as any other celebrity I'd imagine. With the world far more connected with nearly all online interactions being recorded we notice these things now more.

    Also, youtube celebrities don't have access to the same resources traditional celebrities employed to cover up their dirty laundry. I mean, look at the shit that Cosby was regularly getting away with for close to 3 decades.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    edited January 8
    Quid wrote: »
    For those wondering, it's someone called CallMeCarson.

    Is this really a common thing though?

    About as common as any other celebrity I'd imagine. With the world far more connected with nearly all online interactions being recorded we notice these things now more.

    I dunno it seems more common with twitch/youtube people. Like over the summer twitch banned a bunch of dudes for grooming and other shit. I'm don't know if its on par with that in general society just more out in the open, but there is definitely a not small % of streamers/content creators who when they saw they have power are using it for gross sexual stuff.

    On a personal note why can't the guy who runs FGTV be arrested for something, like I dunno his inability to rap or be a good human being?

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  • BropocalypseBropocalypse Registered User regular
    Preacher wrote: »
    Quid wrote: »
    For those wondering, it's someone called CallMeCarson.

    Is this really a common thing though?

    About as common as any other celebrity I'd imagine. With the world far more connected with nearly all online interactions being recorded we notice these things now more.

    I dunno it seems more common with twitch/youtube people. Like over the summer twitch banned a bunch of dudes for grooming and other shit. I'm don't know if its on par with that in general society just more out in the open, but there is definitely a not small % of streamers/content creators who when they saw they have power are using it for gross sexual stuff.

    On a personal note why can't the guy who runs FGTV be arrested for something, like I dunno his inability to rap or be a good human being?

    I think success can cause people to become overconfident to the point of exploitative, and a lot of gamers are social troglodytes. Also, and this is just speculation, but I think that the fact that the internet allows some to find a taste of success without the intervention that other celebrities might see, such as a movie actor or musician who would have an agent, producers, personal assistants, et cetera, all of whom would be in a position to say "You gotta not do the thing, because it'll ruin your career." Possibly even making them see a therapist to get the evil out of their head. It doesn't always happen, of course, but I think at least an avenue for intervention by others might be important before this shit gets loose.

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  • darthewokdarthewok Registered User regular
    My favorite part is "special anniversary edition"

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  • MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    I like the stoplight with the youtube play button as the red light.

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  • ZobirisZobiris NS, CanadaRegistered User new member
    So is he holding the book upside-down in the last panel...or?

  • LieutenantDanLieutenantDan Registered User regular
    Thank you for the post Jerry. Agree.

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  • RingoRingo He/Him Bury me at Lone Tree DenRegistered User regular
    Zobiris wrote: »
    So is he holding the book upside-down in the last panel...or?

    It's a manga?

    Sterica wrote: »
    I know my last visit to my grandpa on his deathbed was to find out how the whole Nazi werewolf thing turned out.
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  • RingoRingo He/Him Bury me at Lone Tree DenRegistered User regular
    Also, fellow olds: Annarchy probably has a kid by now

    Sterica wrote: »
    I know my last visit to my grandpa on his deathbed was to find out how the whole Nazi werewolf thing turned out.
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  • Anon von ZilchAnon von Zilch Registered User regular
    Gabriel the Younger's facial hair is a sort of temporal Jörmungandr that gnaws at the roots of the tree that is me.

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  • DruexDruex Registered User regular
    Jerry's post fills me with hope that there are more sane people out there than I previously thought.

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  • SolaceInRageSolaceInRage Registered User regular
    I don't think it is any more common for youtubers or streamers, but when you do have one do something like this it is so much more visible than someone in another field it can appear that way.

  • klemmingklemming Registered User regular
    Ringo wrote: »
    Also, fellow olds: Annarchy probably has a kid by now
    Why would you do that?! I just realised I'm old, and I blame you.

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    i'm not sure how i feel about this strip.

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    edited January 9
    For those wondering, it's someone called CallMeCarson.

    Is this really a common thing though?

    I've read what happened and i'm like really a pædophile?

    edit: spelling

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  • ShowsniShowsni Registered User regular
    Whilst I let many American spellings slide, pædophile is one where I think it's quite important you do actually use the æ (or at least ae); you don't want people to get confused and think you're talking about a foot fetishist.

  • dennisdennis Registered User regular
    klemming wrote: »
    Ringo wrote: »
    Also, fellow olds: Annarchy probably has a kid by now
    Why would you do that?! I just realised I'm old, and I blame you.

    Oh, that's nothing. My brother - who is only 4 years older than me - becoming a grandfather did way more psychic damage to me.

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    klemming wrote: »
    Ringo wrote: »
    Also, fellow olds: Annarchy probably has a kid by now
    Why would you do that?! I just realised I'm old, and I blame you.

    Oh, that's nothing. My brother - who is only 4 years older than me - becoming a grandfather did way more psychic damage to me.

    I have benefited from being born waaaaaaayyyyy after my other siblings. My first niece was born when I was five. I became a great uncle around 33. I assume 40 years from now I’ll basically be the doddering patriarch of an empire.

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    Showsni wrote: »
    Whilst I let many American spellings slide, pædophile is one where I think it's quite important you do actually use the æ (or at least ae); you don't want people to get confused and think you're talking about a foot fetishist.

    Aww crap i'm sorry for not taking the time to look that up. Not joking either.

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  • RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    Showsni wrote: »
    Whilst I let many American spellings slide, pædophile is one where I think it's quite important you do actually use the æ (or at least ae); you don't want people to get confused and think you're talking about a foot fetishist.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    Gabriel the Younger's facial hair is a sort of temporal Jörmungandr that gnaws at the roots of the tree that is me.

    Don't you mean Ratatoskr?

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  • Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The PIT, level 26Registered User regular
    edited January 9
    It's Nidhoggr.
    Friggin' mythology posers.

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  • LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
    Disagree with Jerry. This is not the first sign that something is wrong with the roots

  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    It's Nidhoggr.
    Friggin' mythology posers.

    Oh yeah. Ratastokr just runs up and down the tree delivering messages.
    I am duly shamed.

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  • fadingathedgesfadingathedges Registered User regular
    edited January 10
    Good post, thanks Jerry.

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited January 11
    Showsni wrote: »
    Whilst I let many American spellings slide, pædophile is one where I think it's quite important you do actually use the æ (or at least ae); you don't want people to get confused and think you're talking about a foot fetishist.

    The international phonetic alphabet uses the æ (the English name of the letter is pronounced 'ash' for those curious) to represent the 'a' sound in cat, so I think that would just cause a different sort of confusion. Like, it's kind of snobby to say that how over 330,000,000 people are accustomed to spelling something is wrong. I sincerely doubt you'll find very many English speakers (besides yourself) who know enough Latin to associate 'ped' with foot, but who are also legitimately unfamiliar with the term pedophile to the point they wouldn't understand what's being discussed.

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  • hibryd7hibryd7 Registered User regular
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  • dennisdennis Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    dennis wrote: »
    klemming wrote: »
    Ringo wrote: »
    Also, fellow olds: Annarchy probably has a kid by now
    Why would you do that?! I just realised I'm old, and I blame you.

    Oh, that's nothing. My brother - who is only 4 years older than me - becoming a grandfather did way more psychic damage to me.

    I have benefited from being born waaaaaaayyyyy after my other siblings. My first niece was born when I was five. I became a great uncle around 33. I assume 40 years from now I’ll basically be the doddering patriarch of an empire.

    His granddaughter was born a couple of months before my daughter.

    "She's your cousin. We're not going into any more details!"

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  • Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The PIT, level 26Registered User regular
    Ringo wrote: »
    Also, fellow olds: Annarchy probably has a kid by now

    Not Galahad's though I bet.

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  • PALaxxPALaxx Registered User new member
    I probably shouldn't be surprised that someone taking a 19 year old sending and receiving noods to and from a 17 year old and calling him a pedo like everyone else is also has such a pedestrian and media-biased hot take on the President and the situation surrounding the capitol, but here I am, being surprised.

    I know you mentioned in your news post that you should be "scrolled passed" and don't generally share your political opinions because you're not some bastion of wisdom and knowledge that must be heard, but maybe you should have just stuck to that this time.

    While I enjoy most of these comics, I think I'll just avoid the accompanying "news post" from now on. Although, it's still sad to see an otherwise entertaining strip that was only catalyzed from what amounts to a Romeo and Juliet situation. Granted, the images are still illegal, but it's still such a shame to see people assume he "diddles kids" when the two were only 2 years apart.

    And for the record, I don't even like the guy.

  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited January 11
    PALaxx wrote: »
    I probably shouldn't be surprised that someone taking a 19 year old sending and receiving noods to and from a 17 year old and calling him a pedo like everyone else is also has such a pedestrian and media-biased hot take on the President and the situation surrounding the capitol, but here I am, being surprised.

    I know you mentioned in your news post that you should be "scrolled passed" and don't generally share your political opinions because you're not some bastion of wisdom and knowledge that must be heard, but maybe you should have just stuck to that this time.

    While I enjoy most of these comics, I think I'll just avoid the accompanying "news post" from now on. Although, it's still sad to see an otherwise entertaining strip that was only catalyzed from what amounts to a Romeo and Juliet situation. Granted, the images are still illegal, but it's still such a shame to see people assume he "diddles kids" when the two were only 2 years apart.

    And for the record, I don't even like the guy.

    So, you created an account here to defend Trump and his fascist supporters, and clarify that CallMeCarson only broke the law? Wow, you must be a swell guy.

    Note that neither the comic nor the newspost name the specific YouTube channel. While it was inspired by a particular scandal because one of their kids had been a fan, I think their choice to avoid the name makes it clear the intent here was a joke about the general situation.

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