Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Comparing Andy Singer Cartoons

     The cartoon that I chose from What Matters in America was by Andy Singer and it was titled quitting fantasies. It's on page 259, it shows how this employee wishes he could say to his boss and what he actually says to his boss. He wishes he could tell his boss how bad he is, and for his boss to tell him how important it is for him (the employee) to stay and not quit. In reality he asks to resign and the boss says "Good! Get the hell outta here!"

     This represents how what we wish would happen doesn't always happen, especially at work.
      The cartoon I chose to compare it to was another cartoon done by Andy Singer, and is posted below.

     Both of these cartoons show that "you can't always get what you want". The caveman who wants more isn't happy and the business man of today who has practically everything isn't happy either. It shows how people who are happy from only materialistic items can never have enough and never be satisfied. The man in the other cartoon wants to tell his boss how it is and quit, but feel wanted by his boss. He ends up losing his job, but feels completely unwanted and doesn't even tell his boss what he wants to.

     These cartoons are about two different scenarios. One compares the past and the future while the other compares one's fantasies to his reality.

     I believe the similarity between these cartoons is in the message.

      I interpreted it to mean that happiness doesn't come from what you have but what you do with the life you've been given. People are always trying to have more, what they have is never enough. That's why people aren't satisfied even when rule the world and morph it into what's convenient for themselves rather than what's best for the world as a whole. Technology can always improve and people need to realize that people themselves as the human race can improve not only for themselves and the future of mankind, but for the world we live on.


  1. Great find. I like that both cartoons are by the same person. I could see myself using "The History of Technology" cartoon in my class next semester. It has an intriguing message that seems to say that no matter what we obtain, we (as a culture) still seem unhappy. Why is that?

    Really enjoyed your analysis in the final paragraph. That's what writing should do, dig deeper, and offer perspective. We don't need writers to explain "what" happens in a carton (we can see that part for ourselves), as much as we want writers to give us their "take" on why it happens/ed.

    Some of the best writing you've done this semester. So much so, I just made it the facebook "Blog of the Week," so log on there and check it out when you get a chance. Well done!

  2. Oops. I should have proofread. That's cartoon, not carton. Two "o"'s. Yep.

    1. you mean my own english teacher makes grammer mistakes??? oh No! by the way, hows the stapler you never bring to class. lol

  3. I liked that you chose articles that involved materialism and happiness. The cartoon you posted gives a pretty good message that you can never be happy being a materialist

  4. i liked how you compared both cartoons and it is a really good message.

  5. yes the cartoons are very good, its crazy how in just a simple ten year span alot can change. nice working with you this semester