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Sunday, May 17, 2009

That damned texting

What's Mallard raving about today?

Text Messaging.

I could not possibly care less what Mallard thinks about technology, since he is a well-demonstrated idiot when it comes to the subject.


Patrick said...

I admit to not understanding the appeal of text messages, at least outside of very specific circumstances.

But it doesn't make me want to shake my fist at the world or anything. I just file it alongside Twitter as something I don't get or care about much.

Also... first comment! Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

Damn KIDS! With their clothes and their slang and their texts and their hippity hop music! Life was so much better when the only way to communicate was via the Pony Express and semaphore flags!!

Ducky has clearly never used a cell phone. " Me: "? Also, I'm preeetty sure Windows doesn't run on cell phones, so the X to close the program window in the screen is pretty much stupid as hell.

WV: loushr: what Ducky screams at the mirror every night as he finishes off that bottle of Beefeater.

exanonymous said...

I'm currently in a country that has better cell phone coverage and cheaper cell phone usage than America, and I was surprised at first at the sheer number of adults who are texting.

But the content of what they text and the reasons are not even close to as lame as what MF has. They organize work, schedule the children, meet up with people, and make payments on their cell phones. Texting is preferred because the message is still delivered but the other person is not inconvenienced, and the surrounding people in public areas are not forced to listen.

It's a courtesy thing.

Sometimes technology advances for a reason.

BakaHoushi said...

Speaking as someone who has never texted as he sees no reason to, this comic would work better in For Better or For Worse, Garfield, Blondie, or any other of the countless comic strips that fits the theme better.

It still wouldn't be funny, but it'd be less annoying.

CW in LA said...

Don't tell Tinsley, but today's Doonesbury is yet another Twitter strip. I guess today's the day rival political cartoonists declare a truce to exchange lame technology jokes?

rewinn said...

For the final panel to work, Chet's right foot must extend backwards (perhaps some reverse-jointed devil-hoof thing?), or else Mr. Noseworthy has some sort of strange "wide stance".

Ah well! At least today's "comic" is merely stupid, not hateful.

Gold-Digging Nanny said...

exanonymous is right -- there are perfectly legitimate reasons to text someone. For instance, when I was reporting on the state legislature, I'd use my laptop to file stories right from the committee room, then text my editor to let him know there was a story ready to look at in case he wasn't at his computer. Fantastic for breaking news, without rudely disrupting the meeting proceedings to leave and make a phone call. I frankly don't understand the animosity toward texting. So a lot of teens use it. Big deal.

Jazzbumpa said...

The only time I'm opposed to texting is while the texter is also driving.

WV: Comro -- What communists call each other in text messages.

MartyRotten said...

CW, the Twitter jokes in Doonesbury actually have something to do with the plot and have some insight into it's impact on a generation. Candorville has also done some riffs on Twittering as well. The difference between those two and Mallard Fillmore is that they're drawn and written by talented cartoonists.

John Roche said...

Anon: Well, there are phones that run "Windows Mobile" and the text window does have an X to close it. As do many other programs on it. Although some use "OK" instead, depending on their function.