Sunday, April 22, 2018
Happy Earth Day! Whatever that is supposed to be about is a mystery to me. I think this is one of those navel-gazing subjects that unrepentant hippies imposed upon us in the 1970s. My first clue was the Arlo and Janice cartoon this morning, preachily exhorting me to keep my garbage from the Sargasso Sea.
And it went downhill from there.
I'm not going to rant about communist plots or left-wing usurpation of the comic papers, but I am going to write about brainless literalism and never-ending vapidity of point.
They are cartoonists – their points are supposed to be in the humor that they use!
And that is my point. When they stray into social commentary and away from their core subject, people who have a point to make commenting about the little things in life – the way their cat acts, the charming mess of their kids – completely are out of their league when it comes to social problems.
It's the reason that I don't write about the latest Democrat insult to our intelligence or the assault against Donald Trump by the entire cadre of writers who have their homes in the swamp. And that reason is that the things that I would write about in my uninformed position would quickly become hackneyed drivel that every other minor commentator is writing about, too.
And maybe, that is the problem that the cartoonists face. A thing that seems cleverly cutting-edge when written becomes me-too when published. A comment about the Sargasso Sea when placed in context becomes just weird.