The double-edge funny meaning behind this strip:
1) The internet is so new and different!
What a difference 20 years makes. In 1993 Calvin was looking forward to what the internet could bring. He exclaims, “Pretty soon, computers, telephones, and tvs will all be hooked together to bring instantaneous, interactive communication right into our homes!” Don’t forget about right into our hands in any location! How would Calvin react to today’s Netflix and iPad? It’s funny how this comic fits in today’s day. The talk of the new electronic superhighway is so dated.
2) Transportation in the 21st century
Calvin’s old-school dad is surprisingly right in the 21st century with his attitude towards transportation. This century’s trends are showing that we should have less cars, more walking, and more bicycles. “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time” by Jeff Speck presents a great case for how our society is trending to less cars and more walking.
(Comic strip courtesy Gocomics)