• David Thomsen
    June 9, 2009

    Astute as ever. I wish I were able to think aloud of the manner of two characters talking.

  • a
    June 9, 2009

    hence reality TV.

  • Josh
    June 9, 2009

    It’s seeking out this supposed authenticity that is in itself “authentic”. Defining one’s role in the world is a pretty base level common function of humanity. The journey is the reward and all that business.

  • MrJM
    June 9, 2009

    Suburban kidz: Teen alcohol abuse is very authentic

  • Chris
    June 9, 2009

    that last house on the block has a meth lab in it.

  • &rew
    June 9, 2009

    In my old neighborhood, the kids look for authenticity through drug abuse and listening to something called “screamo.”
    My working theory is that this behavior is related to their mothers’ search for authenticity at Pier 1 Imports.

  • idkrash
    June 9, 2009

    Möbius did it first.

    Kris Kross did it to themselves. (sort of)

  • Matthew Phelan
    June 9, 2009

    This one is a classic; a “Cat and Girl” high point.

  • Brandon
    June 9, 2009

    Claire, can I still buy you an authentic Pabst + shot?

  • tubejay
    June 10, 2009

    i watched a ted talks about how authenticity is a myth. it was just about the smarmiest thing i’ve ever seen, more than 40 straight hours of penn jillette. authenticity as girl seems to notice- is overrated. it’s not the first priority in things.

    i wouldn’t go the other way in saying it doesn’t matter. authenticity and honesty are related. if i give you a ring made of pyrite and say it’s gold, that’s unauthentic. nothing i say will make it gold, it doesn’t have the properties of gold, it merely has the outward appearance of gold. we live in a superficial culture, so superficial that authenticity and superficiality are difficult to tell apart.

    what does “made in usa” mean? to some people it means more americans have jobs. that may or may not be true. some may think it means “better quality” but that means i can make something cheaper and drive up the price with a label- it’s not authentic even if it’s literally true!

    made in usa doesn’t even mean the workers’ conditions were suitable. an undercover tour of a slaughterhouse ought to spoil that illusion. but, when it’s true, it generally means the workers were not child slaves.

    only it’s not true. people put “made in the usa” labels on things that were made in geographically foreign territories where child labor exist. yeah, authenticity matters… just not all the time.

  • Dorothy
    June 12, 2009

    I believe you are following definition 3 of authenticity, while I am committed to discussing definition 2a.

  • Jonathan
    June 14, 2009

    Is definition 5 not more essential than 2a? 2a seems a reflection of 5.

  • Ian W.
    July 24, 2009

    Is that a NY subway entrance you snuck into the background of panel 7?

  • Pere
    August 23, 2009

    5 is so much harder to pin down outside of one’s own head.

  • Joshua
    August 24, 2009

    They’re talking about New York City.

  • ajohnny
    June 18, 2010

    One of the best internet comics I’ve read in a while. It’s witty, funny, AND well-drawn – where else can you find such a combination?

  • John
    December 28, 2010

    Actually, the subway entrance bears a remarkable resemblance to a sculpture by Brina Thurston that was on display in Socrates Sculpture a few months after this comic was posted.

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