Tuesday…rather a cartoon of a day
April 3, 2012 § 13 Comments
I did NOT miss the Downton Abbey finale though I was on the road.
And that, my friend, is when TV is a treat. When you’re out there disconnected and it reaches out and grounds you. It normalizes wherever you are, dishes a little ditzy comfort, talks in your background so you’re not lonely, so you don’t recall how the waitress removed all the other place settings when you sat down to dinner (for one) earlier and so you don’t notice how big the hotel room is, big enough for your entire family and their friends…and relatives, including second cousins.
You turn on the TV and there it is, a favorite show, a telling moment of entertaining drama. You do not have to lift a finger, your self moves into comfort mode; you just sit there and suspend your belief. Of course it’s far better if you’re the type (and I am) who enjoys social TV watching, with you and your friends making commentary, tossing out questions like “what did she say?” or “would you ever do a thing like that?” or “Doesn’t that gown look fabulous?” and etcetera.
Yes, TV has its place, its places.
Though cartoonist Dave Sipress has published plenty, I’ve noticed him most often (and found him hilarious) in The New Yorker where he has published more than 350 cartoons since 1998. He plants the seed of laughter; we have to ponder it first, and makes us laugh at the truths of ourselves. That’s not a bad thing.