Monday, September 08, 2014

Old Media Sure Can Critique New Media On A Starship Bridge

Tom Tomorrow goes all Trekkie in today's 'toon. The crew of the USS Enterprise has traveled back in time (thanks to arcane magic of quantum mechanics) to 2014. The crew looks into the black holes of the Internet and encounters Twitter, hacking, cat memes, and the rest of the flotsam of the 'Net. Captain Kirk renders a judgment upon our world of 2014: technology has outstripped the maturity level of the age and there is widespread addiction to constant stimulation and pointless distraction. In Neil Postman's prescient indictment: we are amusing ourselves to death. If this is a (fair & balanced) No Bill for blogging, so be it.

[x This Modern World]
Captain Kirk v. The Internet
By Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)

Tom Tomorrow/Dan Perkins

[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow". His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Daily Kos. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly. Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002. When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political weblog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001. More recently, Dan Perkins, pen name Tom Tomorrow, was named the winner of the 2013 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.]

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