So the thing about this year-end Dustinland is that I tried to do things differently this time around. Usually I just kinda list all the major things that happened and group them into categories. This time, I still kinda did that but I did it within a framework that in itself describes something that happened this year, which, in my opinion, was the complete acceptance of social media by pretty much everyone. Yes, Facebook and Twitter have been around for years, but 2010 was the year where your mom started Tweeting and your grandpa started posting embarrassing shit on your Facebook wall.
So, there you have it. 2010 in a nutshell. Mostly. There were a few things I didn’t mention, including: Mel Gibson burying himself even deeper in poop, the Obama Administration firing Shirley Sherrod after right-wing asshole Andrew Breitbart posted a video of her edited to make an uplifting speech she gave sound like a Black Panther rally, Lebron went to Miami, a flight attendant jumped out of a parked plane after he got sick of his shitty job, Glenn Beck is still a dick, Colbert and Stewart had a sweet rally in DC, Jesse James got caught cheating on Sandra Bullock and everyone hates him now, some dick pastor tried to burn the koran on 9-11, an ump ruined a guys perfect game on the last out, a Philly fan was tased after running onto the field during a game, and everyone has bedbugs now. Tahdah! Happy new year!
Last week, before I drew this comic, my mom called me, and we had this conversation:
MOM: Are you going to do a holiday comic next week?
DUSTIN: I think so.
MOM: Is it going to be positive?
DUSTIN: Probably not.
I was going to draw a comic called “The tree of spite,” which I have been planning for years. But, I think it will have to wait at least another year, because I decided to go the happy route instead (well, as happy as my comics can get). I really do try and enjoy the holidays. Christmas, Chanukah, Hanukah, Hristmas… it’s just nice to be festive.
So happy holidays, and yes, that really is my awesome fake fireplace!
I was hung over when I drew this week’s Dustinland. You see, it was easy because I had already written it back when I drew the first Word Nerd, and I kept Part 2 on file for just such an occasion — and instance where my brain was not ready to think and/or be funny. Not that Word Nerd is funny. It’s more interesting. And nerdy. But I like it. And I have to get ready to go to work now. Bye.
This week’s comic was sparked by the realization that nobody answers their phones anymore, yet everyone seems to text back within a minute. So people are there, they have their phones, they just can’t or won’t answer. Texting though… it’s so easy, so quick. Quick! That’s what it’s about these days. Hurry up! Stop wasting my time! There are so many other things I could be doing right now! If civilization doesn’t collapse and we actually keep progressing, I wonder what things will be like 100 years from now. Will everyone just be plugged into everything at all times? Will it just be one big hive mind, since we’re so interconnected? Maybe that would be better. It seems to work out pretty well for bugs. Sure, it’s boring, but it’s successful.
TLDR – This week’s Dustinland is about short attention spans.