This Cobb cartoon appeared around the same time as countries, states and cities around the world first started declaring themselves “nuclear free” zones.*
There was another Cobb cartoon in which some character with zonked out eyes was complaining he’d been watching TV for 24 hours straight and was yet to see one good program.
It’s not TV these days but the ‘net that sometimes leaves me feeling something’s missing in my life. If I’m away from home and don’t have access to the ‘net, every 30 minutes someone says “I’ll have to google that”. Of course, one instantly forgets what is so googlable, because one is unable to instantly google it and therefore commit the googlings to memory.
Maybe we need paper pads with the heading “List of things to Google”.
Another cause these days of the sort of “lost” feeling illustrated so well by Cobb above is sitting in front of a pc, ‘net ready, and thinking “I wonder what I should search for?” It’s a digital form of writer’s block.
I’m only telling you this because I have an overwhelming urge to do something digital but am uncertain about what. [And you in the corner… yes you, young man… you know who you are… stop sniggering please.]
*such declarations being about as effective as declarations that by the year 2000 no child would be living in poverty, or that we are working to close the gap between whitefella and indigenous Australia. You know the sort of thing... it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy for a very brief moment only, until you realised you've just peed your pants.