Saturday, October 14, 2006

Dog Bytes Man


At a glance, it may be a standard-issue "These Days Everybody Is On The Internet!" joke. Garfield is usually surprisingly in-touch with technology for a strip about a cat and a guy sitting around at a table; it's in a rare league with Dilbert and Fox Trot of strips that don't blow it every time a computer appears. Everybody Is On The Internet is not a particularly offensive or ignorant joke anyway, and this one comes with added Garfield venom.

Everybody is on the Internet, even those people with no real reason to be. If there is any knowledge or entertainment to be gained from the official Tabasco Sauce website, we are hard pressed to find it. Garfield's joke points out that not only is everyone on the Internet, and not only do they not need websites, but some individuals and experiences cannot/ should not be translated to the medium. The dog is so swept up in the perception of a website as modern necessity, that he contradicts the purpose of his sign in the first place, namely as a warning to avoid the dog. As a MAD Magazine fold-out poster said, "DO NOT READ THIS SIGN".

The strip confirms the central hollowness of virtual replacement for real-world experience, no matter how miserable (e.g.- getting bitten by a crazy dog). All Garfield has to see is "www" before glancing out at his audience to confirm our mutual disgust. Do not read this Internet.

6 comments:

Josh Millard said...

And yet, I am thrilled to be reading this internet.

Is this the sign of a resurgence, a thrumming-madly-through of the backlog?

Jon said...

Since it's dated more than a month ago, I'm assuming it's gotta have something to do with the backlog. Maybe our mad genius (and you are one! you are!) is following some kind of principle, refusing to run something recent in favor of doing them by date, even if it means going slow.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Promise you won't ever leave again. Promise!

Anonymous said...

I've been checkign

Anonymous said...

Sorry about that, I've been 'checking' this site every other day, waiting for a new PerMon post! Thank you for brightening this day of all days.

evo said...

lol