Halloween and Politics

Cartoon of a man and vampire. A man says, “Wow, Michael! Congress really changed you!”Cartoon of a man and vampire. A man says, “Wow, Michael! Congress really changed you!”

According to a quick Internet search, Lord Acton was the one who originally said, “Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

No matter who you are, the temptation is there to become a little vampire whenever you gain a little power. The more you get, the more the fangs start protruding and you begin fearing the light. Hey! no one is righteous, not even one.

On this Halloween night, be careful out there! Because the politicians will get you if you don’t watch out!

Why I Stopped Posting Cartoons for a While

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Why I Stopped Posting Cartoons for a While

Every one in a while, something happens that makes you step back, take a look at what you’re doing and analyze your actions. Such an event took place for me a few weeks ago.

For over fifteen years, I have had at least some form of a presence as a web page. When the company I worked for gave me the opportunity to try this new world-wide web, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to post my cartoons to the world. I had some success as a magazine cartoonist.

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Too much information?

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Cartoon of a frustrated woman tossing her smartphone. She says, “Stop giving me so much information!”

One morning, while I was watching Captain Kangaroo, a television ad came on the old picture tube. This was in the 1970’s, mind you. It said, “More information is being gathered each week than in all the previous years before 1970. It was complaining about how we were drowning in information.

I heard a stat the other day from Matt McKee. He said thanks to social media, more content is being created every hour than in all the content created between the dawn of time and 1950.

That isn’t to say it’s all good content. I have my fill of cute puppy and crazy kitten videos. Maybe it is too much information. I keep wanting to yell, “TMI! TMI!” at my smartphone, don’t you?

 

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Why change is so hard

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Change is a deceptively difficult thing. Even when everyone agrees changes need to be made, change is hard. People may disagree why and how the change needs to be made. They may even disagree how much and how sweeping a change needs to be. Change just isn’t an easy thing!

When it comes to business, change isn’t easy because it’s a risk. Depending how you plan, it can be a calculated risk, but still a risk.

The unknown can be scary. What if the plans you make ruin everything? What if the declining sales you get from the old, tried and true product are better than the new product? After all? you have a track record on the old item.

Let’s face it, it doesn’t feel good to stick your neck out and try something new. It can feel like a war. You may even get people who don’t like what you’re doing.

When it comes to technology, it forces all of us to learn a new task. That’s not easy when you’ve spend the last twenty years doing a task a certain way.

But change is worth it because we need to grow. We need to try new things in order to stay relevant in today’s society. Besides, who wants to grow into that old codger that is stuck in a fifty-year old time warp?

How have you succeeded at making a change? Feel free to share it in your comments.