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Considering I just yesterday finally gave in to the new iOS update, today's strip was right in my wheelhouse. Thanks, GBT, for a funny take. Thanks, fellow readers, for taking Apple design decisions so seriously. You make me laugh, too, at you and me.
Preach! Why did Apple screw with a perfectly fine look? No good reason, is why. And what's with all the g*****ned gray? The camera? The calculator? The settings? And especially the folder background. (Not to mention the Contacts app which I long ago buried with other superfluous-yet-undeletable apps in a folder called WPOS.)
I can only wish that I hadn't downgraded to iOS 7. But, as the old Kingston Trio lyric says, "Once you go, you can't come back." Thank you, Mr. Trudeau, for expressing my view of iOS 7 so perfectly.
Gack! Mike decries the new look of the iPhone, and immediately people are tossing around all the old tropes about no innovation, missing Steve J., and so on. Please spare me. Having a beef about the iPhone's new look and feel is one thing, but translating that into "the end of innovation" is silly. The new Power Mac? The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S? The absurdly light MacBook Air, or for that matter, the iPad mini? Like Phil Schiller said: "Can't innovate any more, my ass." It's only been three years since the iPad changed how millions of people use email and the web, and...such ennui! Grumble, grumble.
Speaking of change for change's sake, innovation ends when a once state-of-the-art product comes out in various colors.
I still love my 3G; the feel of quality and durability. The deterioration of Apple as an institution started with the Apple store and its pursuit of change for profit -- above the Apple core values of taste and substance. Can they adapt to the criticism of this tasteless change?
Today's strip on the iPhone is brilliant! The changes in iOS have been truly disconcerting to me, but I thought I was alone. Thank you , GBT, for giving a voice to those of us who miss the rounded corners, the shadows that gave the icons a 3-D look, and the intuitiveness that once was. I can't even figure out how to use the Calendar on the new iOS. I miss Steve Jobs.
In the early fifties I was a Pogo fan and wrote Walt Kelly a letter in '52, I think, and got an answer along with a copy of Uncle Pogo So-So Stories. Kelly (along with three other cartoonists -- GBT, JF, and BW) has been a hero most of my life.
As I was sipping my coffee today's strip made my morning. Thank you! Why would Apple get rid of their stellar interface and icon design? I have not updated my IOS, either. Apple has always strived to innovate. What happened?
I started reading Doonesbury in the early eighties -- in Danish translation. The strips were from late seventies. Initially I read them mainly for the jokes, but increasingly for the insights into American politics. I've stuck with Doonesbury for thirty years now and think of Doonespeople as old friends and neighbors, whose lives I follow from afar. I still find myself reading something on American politics and suddenly understanding an old Doonesbury strip, that at the time seemed obscure. Each year around October it's time for yet another journey into Doonesland, when a new translated book is released. Thank you for old friends and hilarious insights!
As someone born in 1987, I am yet a younger generation. I think I learned just about all my history from reading Doonesbury and Pogo and then asking questions and looking things up. When I went abroad with the Peace Corps, I brought all the books and comics from Pogo and GBT I could find with me, and my friends think I'm some sort of genius history buff as a result. I can't wait to start watching Alpha House and getting caught up on what's been happening while I've been away from the Internet for two years. To GBT and Walt Kelly, a million thanks from this millennial.
The "25 Years Ago" strip on the Flashbacks page today is one of my favorite mistakes in the history of Doonesbury. When Honey hires J.J. as an artist to do murals on Donald Trump's yacht, they act like they've never met -- despite the fact that they were college roommates.
Wonderful to see that Pogo got to yet a younger generation than mine! I was born in 1942, hence too young to appreciate Pogo when it came out. But my brother collected all the comics, and later the collections of the strips, so when I got old enough to re-read Pogo as not just a bunch of neat animals talking gibberish but hilarious political and social satire, there they were. My brother still has them -- I'm working on him to leave them to my son!
Apart from being slightly older (b. 1959), I had the absolutely identical experience with my father's Pogo books. GBT has ably carried on Walt Kelly's keen and hilarious analysis of the U.S. I think of both GBT and Kelly as great American patriots because they refuse to whitewash their nation and its foibles, idiosyncracies, and inconsistencies while still believing in its founding principles.
Born in 1960, I learned things from my father's old Pogo books. It was the Doonesbury of its time. I understood nothing but the jokes.
As someone born in the late '70s, everything I know about what happened in the years leading up to and immediately following my birth comes from reading my parents' old Doonesbury books. How nice it is to see those old strips again.
Thanks for these wonderful oldies. I'm totally loving taking the time machine back, and seeing my good friends back in the day.
I, too, am about the same age as the original Doonesbury characters. Everyone else is is reflecting on the emotional growth and maturation of the first generation. Although I spend a lot of time on a college campus, it was today's strip that brought home another facet of the passing years. Mark had no ass back then.
I just love the old strips. Keep them coming.