Friday, November 14, 2008

Yet Another another comics Friday

In the funny papers, the babies "speak" in thought bubbles. So do the animals. This convention is fine with me, up to this point. Anything that "does" things seems to have a potential for self-narration, thought processes, intended communications. A stapler thinks, "Oh man I am nearly out of staples. What is he thinking putting a fifteen-page sheef of paper in here? I am just a standard four-page guy. Get some binder clips, you madman!"

But then it seems like cartoonists figure thought-bubbles are a unified language. Animals and babies can converse because neither talks. This gets creepy. Are the babies and animals telepaths? Do we lose this ability when we master spoken language? Too messy.

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