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Posted at 7:30 AM ET, 05/12/2009

Twitter Satirized in Just a Few Characters

By Michael Cavna

In recent months, Comic Riffs interviewed a number of syndicated newspaper cartoonists (from Scott Adams to Mike Luckovich) about whether they've Twittered or Tweeted or Twitpic'd or Twibed. The vast, vast majority of such cartoonists -- unlike many of their Web-born brethren -- said they had little use for the social microblogging service.

Today, though, we get two strips using Twitter as fodder. "Candorville," I dare say, absolutely nails a cultural trifecta: Twitter satire, the new "Star Trek" and apparent racial profiling (aka "Trekking While Black").


In "Get Fuzzy," meantime, Satchel -- referring to Bucky -- arguably gets all the best lines, i.e., "He would put the 'twit' in Twitter" and "On Page 23, he actually invents baloney!" ("Get Fuzzy," by the way, has a new paperback collection out.)

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Who satirizes Twitter better? I leave that to your comments.


"Pearls Before Swine" gets about as subversive as a Mainstream Family-Newspaper Comic Strip can get, winking all the while. Two words, just two words among these characters: "Croc envy."


And as for "Mark Trail," I don't know which disturbs me more: (1) my intentional reading of the strip (and its "rotten" dead trees) as an extended metaphor on dead-tree journalism; or (2) the Ginormous Vaguely Omniscient Neighborhood-Watch Squirrel of Extreme Foreground.

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By Michael Cavna  | May 12, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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Although the Doonesbury strips featuring Roland Hedley's use of Twitter were simply tedious, the recent one about Toggle's receiving a "field tweet" was a winner:

Posted by: seismic-2 | May 12, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I think Satchel's line "He would put the 'twit' in Twitter" perfectly epitomizes how I and I'm sure many others feel about Twitter. Satchel is often a fount of deep wisdom.

I read Mark Trail to laugh - I'm pretty the squirrel is the one who's talking. Just think how strong a giant squirrel would be!

Posted by: elyrest | May 12, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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