Cognitive Dissonance in Blondie

From the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (heh) department: what’s wrong with this comic (click for larger size)?

A Cell Phone?

Dagwood’s dining companion (nice homo-erotic subtext, by the way) has a cell phone. That just seems so weird. Dagwood’s still wearing the same black suit and bowtie that he’s been wearing since 1930, and Blondie’s still keeping house, yet the world has moved on.

Looking around at other Blondie strips, I see computers and mentions of the Web and stuff. Here’s a note in Wikipedia about how the comic has changed to reflect the passing years.

Just like Dagwood himself, I guess I haven’t been paying enough attention to Blondie.

Written by dbarefoot

Darren Barefoot is an author, speaker and digital strategist. He’s the co-founder of Capulet Communications, and co-author of “Friends With Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook”.

5 comments

  1. Blondie is, apparently, all OVAH the web…I think she was designing their website for the catering business last I checked.

    But I have a tangential, yet amusing story. I was on the #10 bus once in the early days of cellphones, and a woman answered hers with “Yes, I’m just coming over the Lion’s Gate in the Beemer.” Yes, she really said that. And some guy in the seat opposite leaned waaaaaay over and yelled, “She’s ON THE BUS!” It was genius.

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