Wednesday, October 15, 2008

NO GOING BACK
Joel Pett's comic speaks volumes to a passing era of economic carelessness

SUCCINCT SUMMARY. Occasionally, I scroll through the myriad culture and political comics available online at Slate.com or the New Yorker. I find many of these artists/commentators can succinctly summarize a whole lot of reality--or cast a canopy of distortion--regarding current cultural and/or political happenings in ways news articles, TV news, or op/ed writers can't.

CASTING SCENARIOS. A cartoonist has to grasp the depth and breadth of a situation well enough to see its fullness and then cast it as a scenario that connects with our lived experiences. These graphic artists hang their perspectives and opinions out there with no possibility for cover, retreat or retraction. I'd admire their efforts...at least the efforts of those who are not too biased (for instance, I do not like most of the work of Gary Varvel of the Indianapolis Star; to me, his right-wing bias is too blatant, closed and predictable to be humorous or insightful).

ECONOMIC COURSE-CORRECTING. Anyway, seeing this comic by Joel Pett made me simultaneously laugh out loud and wince inside. I get the feeling many people are having to come to grips with the end of a relative degree of "expendable income." National and household economic course-correcting and belt-tightening doesn't necessarily spell the end of light-heartedness, humor, entertainment, and generosity. It might, however, call for new levels of awareness, prudence and at least some modicum of carefulness.

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