For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. hsawlrae

    hsawlrae said, about 1 year ago

    It’s fun to look STUPID?

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 1 year ago

    @hsawlrae

    That’s the point — one generation’s “stupid” is another generation’s “cool.”

  3. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    This comic strip would have seemed old even back when this was published in 1984. The safety pin-wearing punk rockers were pretty much gone by the early 1980s. The reference to Boy George last week would have been current, but he was new wave and he didn’t wear safety pins.
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    What I notice is that Gordon was aware the plan was for both Lizzie and Michael to be dressed up as punk rockers and this confirms my suspicion they were going to all trick-or-treat together with a similar rocker costume theme as Gordon, Lawrence, and Darryl.
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    This comic strip seems quaint to me. Every generation has parents who are horrified by the pop culture of the current generation, which later generations think are quaint. My father used to tell me how his parents wouldn’t let him listen to The Shadow on the radio because it was too violent. I have listened to old radio recordings of The Shadow and the violence is all guys saying things like, “I’ll get you. Oof! Ouch!” It’s hardly violent at all compared to today. My grandparents’ opinion seems quaint to me just like Elly’s does in this comic strip from 29 years ago.

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 1 year ago

    re: legaleagle

    It was when I was in high school that music went to garbage. I didn’t like it then or now. Rage-type metal music, Rap, Reggae, etc. Bad poetry to a beat is not music.
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    I still like bands that were fading out in the late 1980s like ELO or APP. (APP half reincarnated when Parsons and Woolfson split, but it wasn’t quite the same after that.)

  5. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, about 1 year ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Yesterday at work I had a Mills Brothers marathon: God bless You Tube (and that I work alone).

  6. Vice Admiral Allan |  youtube.com/iamallan2

    Vice Admiral Allan | youtube.com/iamallan2 said, about 1 year ago

    @legaleagle48

    EXACTLY! Look at the morons who ‘sag’ their pants.
    What happened to just wearing ’em backwards Kriss Kross style?

  7. bluskies

    bluskies said, about 1 year ago

    Yeah- how cool are all those gorgeous girls with the nose pins that look like a crust of dried snot stuck on their nostril?

  8. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 1 year ago

    @howtheduck

    howthe, do you think Miley’s twerking is ever going to seem “quaint”? Heaven forbid!

  9. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 1 year ago

    @bluskies

    Graphic, bluss! :- )

  10. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 1 year ago

    @Gokie5

    Why not? Early Madonna looks downright tame compared to Lady Gaga, after all!

  11. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 1 year ago

    @Gokie5

    Why not? Early Madonna looks downright tame compared to Lady Gaga, after all!

  12. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, about 1 year ago

    There’s “cool” and there’s “stupid.” A safety pin through the nose is about as cool as smoking poison ivy. Not cool. Stupid.

  13. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 1 year ago

    @Gokie5

    howthe, do you think Miley’s twerking is ever going to seem “quaint”? Heaven forbid!
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    I think it’s possible. Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” video featured extensive spots of her completely naked. If other pop singers follow suit, then it may be a rare thing to see a pop song video without the singer being naked. If that sort of thing becomes acceptable, Miley’s semi-clothed twerking will be thought of as quaint in comparison.
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    When I think back to the provocative videos of the past, I remember Tawny Kitaen writhing on the top of the car in White Snake video “In the Still of the Night”. Now that seems quaint compared to Miley.

  14. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @howtheduck

    Exactly the point. If there had been no Clara Bow (the “IT” girl) there would have been no Jean Harlow. If there had been no Jean Harlow there would have been no Marilyn Monroe….up to Miley. And if The Shadow seems tame now it’s only because there WAS a Shadow, leading to movies where you can’t tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. Examples are chosen at random, and the argument, “Yes, but there WAS a [insert name] and if not that someone else” doesn’t apply. If we rejected the first step there would be no second. But we didn’t and we don’t, and here we are talking about a young woman performing naked seeming quaint some day. About forty years ago there was fiction short story called “A Flourish of Strumpets” about the unthinkable future where prostitutes would solicit door-to-door and the havoc that wreaked on the relationship in the story. Unthinkable? Have you looked at your email lately? A Flourish of Strumpets has arrived, and it’s anything but quaint. So if Elly could delay her children from going down that road until their judgment was better developed, she was doing her job.

  15. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 1 year ago

    Trust me, Gordon. “Elly” and “cool” will never go credibly into the same sentence! She’s far too much of a stodge and common sense is an alien concept to her. Some people refuse to take notice of the fact that times do change, which is the sign of a permanently closed mind!

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