Too much information?

cartoon of a woman tossing her smartphone
Copyright Kevin Spear

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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Cartoon: Angry Old Birds

Cartoon of a boy and grandfather watching TV

Cartoon of a boy watching television with his grandfather. The boy says, “I bet you would be a happier person if you watched more cartoons.”

I’m a news junkie, but I have to watch myself. If I’m not too careful, I can get a bad attitude quickly. Let’s face it, TV news loves to find all the “Man bites dog” stories. When things get bad, I have to find a channel with some animated cartoons, and fast!

Cartoon: Extreme Makeover

Cartoon of of a teacher and a group of kids in a van. The man says to an elderly lady, "We're here to help you with your yard. It's 'Extreme Makeover: Tween Edition.'"

Cartoon of of a teacher and a group of kids in a van. The man says to an elderly lady, “We’re here to help you with your yard. It’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Tween Edition.'”

I drew this cartoon for K! Magazine.

TV Parenting

Cartoon of  a mom and a son. The mom says, “I don’t care if all the TV moms would let you do it. I won’t!”

Reality Goes North

Cartoon of an elf and Santa Claus. The elf says, “It’s another cable TV producer asking if we’d like to be in a reality show.”

I’m not sure I’d want to see elves going at each other because of deplorable working conditions, but it would make interesting TV nonetheless. It could be called “Santa’s Sweatshop” or “North Pole Goes South.” Oh the sordid details that would emerge!