Communicators

Two cartoons today — a Zits and a Bizarro — about communicating:

(#1)

(#2)

In #1 we see the stereotype of the (male) teenager as extraordinarily taciturn, especially with his parents, but quite communicative in some other contexts, especially is social media (where he’s all thunbs, but in a good way). The contextually taciturn teenage boy is a frequent theme in Zits.

In #2 we see the expectations and conventions of the grade-school classroom (where “talking in class” is seen as disruptive and meriting punishment) carried over the business meetings, except now it’s electronic communications (especially texting) that’s the issue. The grade-school punishment is to separate the offender from the others in such a way that they cannot communicate with classmates. Or in #2, with others who aren’t in the meeting.

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