O how can I be blythe and glad, Or how can I gang brisk and braw, When the bonie lad that I lo’e best Is o’er the hills and far awa! It’s no the frosty winter wind, It’s no the … Continue reading
The world has changed a lot since the last time Bloom County graced the comic pages on news papers. Perhaps, The most important change to a political cartoonist is that the very medium they used to spread ideas is just about extinct today.
Sure the Internet does provide a larger audience, but there is just something about the tactile experience in opening a news paper, the rough, yet pliant paper, the musky smell of ink, I think it was the shared experience we had that can’t be recreated in the pixilated universe.
On Sundays you knew that if you missed the paper it would be hard to find a copy the next day and it sure sucked when someone said, “hey great comic strip this weekend”, now you can just google it anytime. Yes, things have changed, I guess we’ll have to be satisfied with the stiff feel of the keyboard instead of paper–the smell? I guess you can light a patchouli candle, you hippies!
“It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.”
― Carl Sagan,
Well it seems that the craze around the New Horizons probe is not so much science based but meme driven. Ok, it’s still matters because in an age that REAL discoveries and enthusiasm is in short supply, this planetary fly-by will bring a wealth of scientific information about how the solar system was formed–so who cares if memes are driving the convo, people are paying attention and young minds are captivated by the science, this is good.
“Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.”