Let's Talk with Debra H. Goldstein
Taken from the Comics
Every week, my husband receives a sheet with cartoons from The Far Side, Maxine, and other pictures of signs that are in the public domain. He doesn’t waste his time perusing them, but he does pass the page to me as I find them a real hoot. Why? Because of the truth in them.
Think about some of the slogans this week’s batch offered. Word jokes included: “Tried calling the tinnitus helpline. No answer. Just kept ringing.” “Have you noticed ‘the’ & ‘IRS’ spells theirs?” Ones with pictures offered a woman rummaging in her purse thinking “I wish had a google map of the inside of my purse” and a man repeatedly failing while trying to login to his computer mused: “I miss only having to remember the combination of my locker.”
All so true. As a writer, the one that hit home the hardest was of a little boy holding a book while standing in front of a librarian as she explained that it turned on by opening the cover and instead of swiping, one simply flipped each page. A real novelty. Also, a truism as I watch my young grandchildren easily use their thumbs to flip pictures and pages on their parents’ phones, iPads, and their own reading devices. They even have a plugged-in box that one pops a character figure into a designated slot and a recorded voice starts telling the fairytale associated with the character from wherever it last stopped.
Is this reading? Sharing words? Something to be frightened of? Or, is it simply a matter of me missing the good old days where the feel of a book’s page excited me? How do you feel about the change in reading “devices?”
The last joke of the day is a teenaged boy talking to a teenaged girl as they stand before an anchored wall phone. “Check this out – It’s the latest thing. It’s called a landline. It’s got a cord and it’s bolted to the wall. You will never lose your phone!”
Have we lost something in the name of progress? Leave a comment as I’d like your thoughts on this.
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