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  1. Andréa: I think it’s the parent recapping, not the book itself.

    I don’t find either of these to be CIDUs, personally, though the note about the “Previously on” is indeed not part of “Skip intro” in my experience. Or at least I didn’t find them to be CIDUs until I saw the “However” note and Andréa’s question! Now I find the first one to be mildly CIDU in that it doesn’t quite map to reality but I still get the intended joke, at least.

  2. “Previously on …” is often the part skipped by “Skip recap”. “Skip introl” (at least on Netflix) seems to be mostly about skipping the credits in a show, which are indeed tedious if you are binge-watching. For a book, I guess that would be about skipping the title page, copyright notices and such.

    Andréa: The physical book might be a combined volume of several books, each after the first starting with the recap of the earlier book(s).

  3. I get offended whenever Disney+ offers to Skip Intro on The Muppet Show (or, worse, Skip Credits!).

  4. I agree with PS3’s response to Andréa’s question, the recap is being constructed by the parent / reader, it is not built into the book.

    (Also correct in not seeing these as CIDUs; they are marked thus in the category markers too.)

  5. I think the joke hits a bit of a wall in that, although the joke is the girl uses streaming language and concepts in a common context, it doesn’t work unless it is a common context. But the mother is also using streaming language (no parent would ever say “previously in our book”) which distracts from the joke of the girl and “oh, kids these days and their technology” sentiment.

    I don’t think it requires as much thought as Andrea thought it did. I assume the “Intro” is to tonights reading “episode”. Maybe you need more familiarity with streaming television shows.

    Bothers me a little that it is a “Skip Intro” rather than as “Skip Recap” but I think if she had said “Skip Recap” it would have sounded to much like a spoken human command and not a streaming tech command and wouldn’t have been funny (…er… wouldn’t have seemed to be joke…. it’s not actually funny no matter what you do); It’d just seem like a rude kid telling her mother to skip the recap.

    The dog one doesn’t work with refrigerator logic. A dog intro is a physical interaction and not a skippable intro to a story. And it’s not the sniffing dog who wants to skip the intro (there’s nothing to the interaction but the intro) but the sniffed dog who wants to tell the other dog to leave him alone which is an entirely different scenario than streaming a tv show (or at least that’s my interpretation) so it really doesn’t work or make sense. But… one can see where the cartoonist is going and coming from so it’s okay. (as long as a joke is recognizable it doesn’t matter if it actually is logical.)

  6. I always liked the recaps that “Shameless” did. One of the characters breaks the fourth wall by scolding the audience for missing the previous episode before continuing with the recap.

  7. No, they’re not CIDUs, just phrasal synchronicity. They are here in the sequence in which I found them, but the bedtime story would be a bit funnier if it came after the dog.

  8. Huh. That didn’t make me think of television programs at all, maybe because I don’t own a TV and don’t have a Netflicks subscription. Instead, I linked it to the Skip Intro buttons on websites in the early (or was it mid?) 2000s, when spectacular, and usually annoying, Flash-based intros were briefly fashionable.

    It’s not any funnier with that connection, though.

  9. If you don’t own a TV, why would you be surprised when you don’t get a joke that has to do with TV?

  10. 1) there is nothing in either comic to suggest it is about TV, if you don’t already assume the skip intro to be exclusively about TV
    2) He didn’t assume the skip intro was about TV, as he explained, he thought it was about Flash websites
    3) he didn’t claim he was surprised, or that he didn’t get the joke; he claimed it wasn’t much of a joke, and changing assumptions didn’t really matter to the lack of said joke

    Didn’t we have a discussion about bad faith interpretations of other’s comments just the other day here? Sheesh…

  11. Gotta agree with larK there. If you don’t have X you can’t be expected to know a joke is about X.

    I had forgotten the “skip intro” in web pages and wouldn’t have thought they ever entered the public conscious enough for a recognizable joke. But the concept is exactly the same for both of them and the joke works exactly as well either way.

    The only difference is I do think the Netflix Skip Intro is common enough to the average consumer (which I just gotta face is not me, nor Le Vieux Lupin apparently) to be a recognizable joke whereas Web Flash Intros were not (unless, of course, they were and if so more power to ’em).

  12. Dan Piraro’s Bizarro Skip Intro comic from 28 July 2007 is, IMO, more entertaining. That’s the era I was talking about – the age of website Flash intros. I guessed (or assumed) at the time that the sanity-saving Skip Intro buttons had inspired Piraro. You’d have to ask him to be sure, though.

    Maybe someone can find that Bizarro and post it. Very sorry that I can’t. I’m not a Comics Kingdom paying customer, so I don’t get to trawl their archive; and the Chron archive doesn’t seem to be working. All I have is the copy that I saved on my computer back then, and I don’t know how to upload it to CIDU.

  13. Mon Vieux, thanks for researching this and identifying an older Bizarro of interest. I can’t navigate the archives either, but can suggest some ways you can get that image into a CIDU comment, since you already have the image file.
    a) Upload it to some pictures-sharing site where you can stash it and then extract a URL to post. (I won’t recap the steps to make it embed rather than link — and a link may serve almost as well).
    OR
    b) Email as attachment to cidu.submissions with a note telling us what thread to enter it in. It will appear as a comment made by one of the editors, but we will mention that it comes from you.
    OR
    c) Email as attachment to cidu.submissions and we will add it to CIDU’s library, then email you the URL for that location, which you can use in a comment under your own name to embed the image.

    Hope one of these works for you!

  14. Found it!

    And I guess I stand corrected. The “skip intro” motive of web pages were common enough to be joke theme.

    (Although maybe if I saw it then I wouldn’t have gotten it…. Or maybe I would have…Geez… they were a thing weren’t they?… and then they just disappeared entirely didn’t they… Yeah, I remember now, it was Flash going out of business… probably cause everyone hated them. I completely forgot about those.)

    Anywho…. the Skip Intro buttons on Streaming are exactly the same concept and the exact same joke. Except Skip Intro is useful

    (but what would be even more useful would be DVD-ish chapters and advancing. ANd better scanning. I really simply assumed remote controls on streaming would have the potential to be more sensitive and accurate than a DVD remote.)

  15. And that older Bizarro is especially well suited for the “skip intro” caption, since the glad-hander on the left is trying, precisely, to execute an introduction.

  16. Woozy, well done! I’m rather chagrined that I didn’t think of one of the solutions that Mitch, Phil, and Ed posted, so many thanks for applying your search expertise and covering for me. I’ll do better next time, I hope.

    I can’t trace the chronology, but I think that Flash website intros were already on their way out before Flash began its decline. They were pretty universally reviled. Now if we could just stir up the same revulsion for image carousels and get them flushed too – but I digress.

    Flash was a flawed but exceedingly powerful tool. Like a big chain saw, it could be used for good or evil. Steve Jobs of Apple hated it, though, regardless of how it was used.

    Some of Job’s animus was technical, but some was personal. In the late 1990s, Adobe had turned Jobs down on Mac ports of some of their flagship programs. Adobe bought Macromedia (Flash’s original author) in 2005, so when Apple introduced the Iphone in 2007, Jobs made sure it wouldn’t support Flash. (Cue sinister music stinger.)

    It took some years, and Google piling on, but Jobs’s IOS-Android gang swung enough sledge hammers to eventually do Flash in. You can read the whole sordid tale here: https://www.techradar.com/news/internet/the-long-and-painful-death-of-flash-1324425

  17. @Tom Falco, if you happen to see this, did you also have a comment, or cartoon, on “Skip Intro” that you would want to have posted here?

  18. Okay okay, here’s what that mysterious call-out yesterday was about!

    I subscribe to Tom Falco’s blog or comics home site, via email update, and early Monday I got an update with the title “Skip Intro”. And I was eager to see it, and maybe link it in here, since we had been having a conversation about precisely that phrase and how it entered our awareness at different times. But there was no cartoon image in the mailing, and the link to his web did not have that either.

    Apparently what happened may be that he found out it was National Selfies Day, and substituted a cartoon about taking selfies to feature on Monday the 21st — but not before some automatic process had sent out mail based on a “Skip Intro” cartoon.

    But now (Tuesday the 22nd) that one has resurfaced:

    And this nicely picks up an aspect we weren’t noting: that Skip is a not-uncommon name (or most often, nickname).

  19. In the U.K., if someone shows you where the local garbage dumpster is, would that be a “skip intro”?

  20. My objections to Flash were more about how it could provide multi-page experience, but there was no way for a casual surfer who was interested in one of the panels in the middle to pick up a URL to that one and, say, email it to a friend. Or save in your Bookmarks.

    But in retrospect, Flash wasn’t really responsible as much as content owners’ attitude. After Flash’s demise, there was not a late blooming return of general support for deep-linking.

  21. Good one, Shrug.

    If they hinted at getting a small monetary reward for that favor, would that be a case of “looking for a tip”?

  22. Interesting. That Falco fits nicely with the 2007 Bizarro posted above, where the guy really does mean what Blue Jacket here mistakenly thinks Mr. Intro at the left intends.

  23. “. . . that Skip is a not-uncommon name (or most often, nickname).”

    Be that as it may, how often does one see the last name Intro?

  24. Andréa, per forebears.com, global incidence of surname “Intro”: 5
    But one COULD be (nick)named “Skip”.

    (OK, yeah, that 5 is like when the online inventory tool says “1 in stock” — chances are that’s a phantom item; chances are these 5 are typos/errors.)

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