Luddites Unite! What Is This Thing You Call a 'Blog'?
Morning, Cartoon Nation...
My favorite comic of the day? Without a doubt, it's "Pickles,"because Brian Crane gets the truth and tone of the language so very, very right.
All this week, Opal is bemoaning technological change. She is spurred to exclaim: "I just don't like the word 'blog.' It doesn't sound classy like 'journal.' "
This is one of those bits of dialogue that half-convinces me Crane has bugged my relatives' home. One relative, roughly Opal's age, has uttered pert-near the exact same sentiment.
I'm also reminded of a Washington, D.C., appearance last year by comic Lewis Black . Blogging is NOT writing, Black railed. A stream of quickly inputted, barely considered thoughts is not writing, Black insisted. Besides, he ranted, a "blog" sounds like a medical procedure or disease -- like something that prevents circulation in your arm.
Opal, in other words, is entirely a woman after Black's own heart.
ONE-LINER OF THE DAY: Today's nod goes to "Dilbert" for: "I guess promiscuity and a G.E.D. was a pretty good strategy for me after all."
DAILY MEDIA META-COMMENTARY: Perhaps it's only natural that comics comment on the very mode of delivery that brings so many millions their funnies. Today's runner-up for funniest is "Pearls," but I'm also a sucker for "Speed Bump" because Dave Coverly spits the truth so succinctly. Huzzahs, fellas. You speak to our very (tortured) soul.
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