Mar05

Pointless Venn Diagrams.

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Panel 1 shows a Venn diagram with two intersecting circles labeled “Useful” and “Pointless”. Inside the intersection is an asterisk.

Below the Venn diagram is a legend showing an asterisk and adjacent to it the text: “This Venn Diagram”.

Woman: Notice how webcomics use pointless Venn diagrams?

Man: Pointless Venn diagrams are useful as examples of what not to do.

Panel 2 shows a Venn diagrem with three intersecting circles labeled “Funny”, “Useful”, and “Pointless”. Inside the intersection of all three circles is an asterisk.

Below the Venn diagram is a legend showing an asterisk and adjacent to it the text: “This Venn Diagram”.

Woman (waving in the general direction of the man and the Venn diagram): Shouldn't they be funny examples of what not to do?

Man (standing next to and pointing to the Venn diagram): This example is funny because it's self-referential.

Panel 3 shows a Venn diagram identical to the one in panel 2 except for an additional smaller circle that intersects the already-existing circles in various places. Inside this smaller circle, in a region common also to the “Useful” and “Pointless” circles, is an asterisk. An arrow points to the smaller circle. This arrow bears the annotation: “More useful”.

Below the Venn diagram is a legend showing an asterisk and adjacent to it the text: “This Venn Diagram”.

Woman: I don't find it funny.

Man: Then it's an even more useful example of what not to do.

Panel 4 shows an entirely different Venn diagram containing four completely nested circles with no intersections. From the outside to the inside, the circles are labeled: “Things that suck.”; “Things that suck. Period.”; ”Webcomics that suck. Period.”; and “Webcomics with Venn diagrams.”.

Woman (waving arm with a dismissive gesture): Webcomics with Venn diagrams suck. Period.

Title: Pointless Venn Diagrams.

Below the Venn diagram is a legend showing an asterisk and adjacent to it the text: “This Venn Diagram”.

Woman: Notice how webcomics use pointless Venn diagrams?

Man: Pointless Venn diagrams are useful as examples of what not to do.

Panel 2 shows a Venn diagrem with three intersecting circles labeled “Funny”, “Useful”, and “Pointless”. Inside the intersection of all three circles is an asterisk.

Below the Venn diagram is a legend showing an asterisk and adjacent to it the text: “This Venn Diagram”.

Woman (waving in the general direction of the man and the Venn diagram): Shouldn't they be funny examples of what not to do?

Man (standing next to and pointing to the Venn diagram): This example is funny because it's self-referential.

Panel 3 shows a Venn diagram identical to the one in panel 2 except for an additional smaller circle that intersects the already-existing circles in various places. Inside this smaller circle, in a region common also to the “Useful” and “Pointless” circles, is an asterisk. An arrow points to the smaller circle. This arrow bears the annotation: “More useful”.

Below the Venn diagram is a legend showing an asterisk and adjacent to it the text: “This Venn Diagram”.

Woman: I don't find it funny.

Man: Then it's an even more useful example of what not to do.

Panel 4 shows an entirely different Venn diagram containing four completely nested circles with no intersections. From the outside to the inside, the circles are labeled: “Things that suck.”; “Things that suck. Period.”; ”Webcomics that suck. Period.”; and “Webcomics with Venn diagrams.”.

Woman (waving arm with a dismissive gesture): Webcomics with Venn diagrams suck. Period.

Title: Pointless Venn Diagrams.

Sucking period. Sick!