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Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for July 25, 2010

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  1. Zappa sheik
    ksoskins  over 9 years ago

    Being first is nice; having a meaningful comment is quite a bit better. Righteous indignation from Zonker is to parenting advice as rational discourse from Mel Gibson is to marital bliss.

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    parethed Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Nice analogy, Sheik…

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    Coyoty Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Parents, if you pay more attention to your kids, you’d know there’s a pothead wielding scissors hanging out in their bedroom, talking to people who aren’t in the room.

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    antburman  over 9 years ago

    Completely flipping illegible.

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    hmofo813 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Yeah, the format issues and illegibility are very bad. I trust Trudeau to make noise about it (he has a record of being good about that). It may not matter, but I’m sure he’ll complain.

    But as far as the cartoon, his proposal is a ridiculous failure. What the hell is a “family computer?” That was over with almost a generation ago. The iPhone orphans I know all have a computer each for their own use and their parents use individual laptops that are not accessible to the children. There’s nowhere for kids to post the clipping, no way to communicate the message, except perhaps to post it to a facebook page or something. But then, the parents would have to be interested enough in their children to notice that. Plenty of kids I know, no kidding, are not that lucky.

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    hawgowar  over 9 years ago

    I’ve found it rather to be the other way ‘round. Kids more interested in devices than either their parents or their peers. And not just teenagers, either.

    Throw away the devices, turn off the tv and computer and be a family again.

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  7. Snoopyhockey
    cdward  over 9 years ago

    Sigh. There are still family computers, or at least computers in family public spaces. I confess to having a (work) laptop in my study, however.

    The kids do NOT have computers in their rooms, nor do they have iPhones or other smart phones. We do not have TV, either. And yet, they manage to keep up with what’s going on. We also eat dinner together and just spent the entire day yesterday together in the woods.

    Families are still families. But Trudeau’s point may be made - the adults who created the devices often don’t like the results when they show up in their kids.

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    bubujin_2 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    As Fairport said much earlier, the format is definitely wonky. The electronic version of the “newspaper” that I read published this strip with the first two throwaway panels, which are usually included here.

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  9. Text if you d like to meet him
    Yukoneric  over 9 years ago

    Hold down the CTRL button and press the + key. Makes it easier to read.

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  10. Possum
    Possum Pete  over 9 years ago

    You guys are so full of shi… Wait a minute, my BB just went off.

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  11. What has been seen t1
    lewisbower  over 9 years ago

    “”Teach your parents” definitely has come. GT may be blaming the computer but the same old monster still exists in the living room, or every room depending on your addiction. The TV is more responsible for the family breakdown than all other electronic gizmos. If you don’t have family time, unplug the cable first. Nothing more Norman Rockwell than a family reading around the fire.

    GT Loved the strip.

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    freeholder1  over 9 years ago

    If you have Firefox ( I don”t know about Explorer), just LEFT click the cartoon. go ahead, try it. I have time,. I can wait. There, see how nice and big it got. I wish this worked on… my check receipts. REALLY JUST LEFT CLICK IT. I’VE TOLD YOU BEFORE!!!!

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    freeholder1  over 9 years ago

    Boy, is that guy irate.

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    freeholder1  over 9 years ago

    Lew: you’re quoting form a socialist hippie song group. What are you thinking???? David Crosby sends his regards for the plug. Might need a new liver again at any time.

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    pschearer Premium Member over 9 years ago

    With all due respect to those superior individuals who don’t have TVs, I found it easier just not to have children.

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    heeyuk  over 9 years ago

    Can’t cut out the panel until Apple invents iPaper.

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  17. Beehive
    poohbear8192  over 9 years ago

    Zonker has been a pretty good Au Pair and he does have child minding skills. As usual he has some fairly weird takes on the teck addiction issue. It does seem a little backward. Maybe that’s what GT intends.

    The version on http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/dailydose/ is displayed at 600/293 pixel resolution which makes it look smaller.

    Here they have slightly stretched it. All this does is blur it a little. Left clicking stretches it more with more blurring. Not very helpful.

    What’s going on here? I hope this is a one day phenomenon.

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    Justice22  over 9 years ago

    Kudos to Zonker. Too bad that many who need this message will never get it.

    “Go away kids, Go watch TV or something.”

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    benbrilling  over 9 years ago

    I sharp kiddo can make a screen shot of the panel and convert the family computer’s screen saver to the clip.

    However that won’t be much more readable due to the low res of the comic today. Dreadful. Funny, same thing was happening in newspapers a few decades ago and making all the cartoonists very mad (not to mention the readers).

    I guess the cartoon sites are trying to save money by cutting back on pixels.

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    FriscoLou  over 9 years ago

    Recently it seems like, Zonker has become concerned with ethical issues (unlike his uncle). Suddenly, Zonk becomes more and more like an “Old Fogey”, none of that in between stuff. Straight from Peter Pan to Fogey.

    He talks to his plants too, Coyoty, and they talk back. Signs of; flashback/senility.

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    defunctdoormat Premium Member over 9 years ago

    I don’t have a TV OR kids!

    And the new format stinks. If you enlarge it, it becomes LARGE and unreadable. What’s the point of that? Post a decent resolution picture of the strip please!

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  22. Beehive
    poohbear8192  over 9 years ago

    This new “improved” format is site wide. 600 px wide max. It also looks as if the archives have been reduced to 600px too. The “tall” strips are hardly affected. They actually are plenty big and require more storage. It’s cheaper to send smaller images to gocomic’s clients. Image storage can’t be the issue. Too many folks signed up. Maybe they need to eliminate the free access so they can afford to transfer the extra data. I know this sounds unfair, but somehow we need to get back to the original resolutions. Twenty bucks a year is not a lot of $!

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    jaws2049 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Love it…as a teacher and as a person…turn off the gd cells once in a while and just be somewhere…no wonder kids are so hyper…J

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    quanticobaby  over 9 years ago

    Yukoneric! Thanks for the infor….very useful.

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    AKHenderson Premium Member over 9 years ago

    “But the Children are glued to their Game Boxes.”

    Tigger, did you see today’s Foxtrot?

    http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2010/07/25/

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    SClark55 Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Well not ALL parents are distracted by the electronic devices. Lots are distracted by … well by Doonesbury in the newspaper…

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    JP Steve Premium Member over 9 years ago

    So am I the only subscriber who, when I left-click the image it gets smaller??!

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    jeanne1212  over 9 years ago

    I need all the “retro” help I can get – the Grandkids ‘n crew are lifesavers .. I got away from computers in early 80’s -pre-PC’s! except for business data input /retrieval… (started with IBM Hand Punched cards and vacuum tubes.) While learning curves are good, they tend to CHANGE stuff as soon as I get proficient at maneuvering sites. now working with Apple iBookG4 antique.

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    jeanne1212  over 9 years ago

    heeyuk :

    Walmart sells nice printer – plugs into MY Apple –$29.00 bucks – works good.

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    pbarnrob  over 9 years ago

    ^JP; You may have already magnified it in your browser (with the Ctrl-+ trick). Mine will do that too when it’s enlarged, and the ads on the right are off the screen.

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  31. What has been seen t1
    lewisbower  over 9 years ago

    FREEHOLDER Though I MAY appear a LITTLE right of center, as a youth my hair almost hit my word I try to avoid.. Was I a confused youth who hadn’t quite found his way.? I carried signs in marches, first decrying the draft and a year later supporting Nixon. I grew up. I raised my right hand not knowing if the war was right, but knowing Uncle Sam needed me. No, I didn’t go to Woodstock but watched my father smash the record when he heard The Fish Cheer.

    Vote Open Meadow Party

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    JP Steve Premium Member over 9 years ago

    Spot on, Pbarnrob! Thanks for the explanation.

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  33. Emperor100
    Coyoty Premium Member over 9 years ago

    stebon is hallucinating unrelated content again.

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