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INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS
Romuald | New Britain, CT | July 28, 2014

Wow!! Yesterday's strip really captures the intellectual laziness of a generation that knows so little, but can diddle themselves silly on their stupid toys looking for factoids. Sadly, this is common not just in high school, but at colleges and universities, where it is quite the struggle to get incoming freshmen and sophomores interested in the world around them. As some students mature, they do learn that there is more to the world than what's on their stupid toys. One only wishes that more would dis-engage and confront the real world, not the imaginary digital one.

NEW PARADIGM
Ray Lampe | Templeton, MA | July 27, 2014

It is indeed remarkable that a young person can be impervious to knowledge offered in a conventional classroom setting and yet hold the world literally in his/her hands to access at will. Is it deplorable or a new paradigm demanding to be included, or even a key to a better educated world class? As a retired "old fogey" I've learned a brainful of stuff that gives me perspective on everything else I knew. But, unguided curiosity can give rise to a dilettante populace, knowing facts, but not understanding. I trust teachers will embrace that emerging need to guide an expanding ability to satisfy curiosity.

SPOT-ON
Bobby Padgett | Gastonia, NC | July 27, 2014

As a high school teacher, I must say that today's portrayal of Zipper is a spot-on depiction of today's students. They know so little but can Google the knowledge of the world in seconds. The only thing that would have made the strip more powerful would have been if Zipper had cut-and-pasted his response from a vandalized Wikipedia article.

HONEY
Mark Gamon | Cambridge, UK | July 25, 2014

Naturally I miss my daily Doonesbury, but it's a joy re-reading some of my favourite* moments from the past -- like Honey telling the audience to "go wild." I'm looking forward to the ball bearings...

* Please excuse my British spelling.

HOW LONG?
Norm McCracken | Porter Ranch, CA | July 23, 2014

How long, O great cartoonist, will you remain "on vacation," as you seem to have been since the Ides of March?

Editor's Note:

 GBT has put the daily strip on hiatus in order to write another season of the political sitcom "Alpha House," whose 11 initial episodes are all available online from Amazon Studios. The Sunday strips continue to be new, but twelve days before the Ides of March the Classic Doonesbury series began with the very first strip, which originally appeared on October 26, 1970. Since then GBT has been posting four weeks of dailies from each year of the strip's run. As of today, we are up to December, 1975. You can delve even more deeply into the Doonesbury archive here. GBT talks about how creating Doonesbury helped prepare him for writing "Alpha House" in this interview.

LINE
Chris | St. Augustine, FL | July 22, 2014

"Those Chinese are an especially tricky people!" I've been waiting for this one to show up. Back in college that was a line assured to get a laugh.

SUNDAY'S STRIP
Niki | Montreal, CANADA | July 21, 2014

My cat died and I didn't cry. Sunday's strip made me tear up. How do you do it, GT?! Live forever.

COMBINATION
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | July 21, 2014

I'm personally enjoying the combination of vintage Doonesbury on weekdays and new material for the Sunday strip. Keep both of 'em coming.

BOOPSIE'S EYES
Joshua Eliason | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | July 20, 2014

In today's strip, do I notice bags under Boopsie's eyes??? Hopefully it's a case of a bad lighting glitch in the Doonesbury studios. I dread having age catch up with Ms. B.... You should always soften the spotlights.

IMAGINATION?
Jan | Cincinnati, OH | July 20, 2014

Is it my imagination, or do Boopsie's eyes get wider every year?

THANK THE STARS
Ksnook | Alberta, CANADA | July 20, 2014

Thank the stars for Sundays. I really needed to be able to look forward to something like a new Doonesbury to get me through this week. Seeing Boopsie was a bonus, as always.

IN THE UK
Victor Field | London, UK | July 19, 2014

Actually, you can get Fox News in the UK on Sky Channel 509. The good news is that no one in Britain seems to take it seriously. The Daily Mail, on the other hand...

GETTING THE NEWS
Tiger69 | Silverton, CO | July 19, 2014

Fox: To quote Mel, "It's like getting the news from the town drunk."

LEADS THE PACK
Shooshie | Dallas, TX | July 17, 2014

I know what it's like to talk to someone who has absolute faith in Fox. They believe that their opinions "are just as good as yours," even though you have studied the material carefully over years and thousands of articles in dozens of periodicals, while they heard it one night on Fox. They really cannot see any difference between the two. If you can cast doubt and aspersions upon their one source, they have the "right" to cast equal doubt and aspersions upon all 60 of your sources. One person, one opinion. What could be more fair and balanced?

One soon learns that Fox has more in common with religion than news, so you just leave those viewers alone. Yellow journalism is all about getting people to believe, getting them inflamed and angry, and channeling that public energy into the political outcomes desired by the media who practice such "journalism." There is something about some people that enables them to trust beyond doubt the news organization that most blatantly lies and generates speculation with the most childlike mentality, using statements that defy even reasonable attempts to parse and make sense of them, much less determine their veracity.

Is it a total trust of authority, where authority takes the form of a corporation? No, because there are other, larger corporations telling the news which those same people are convinced is all lies. So why do they hitch their wagon to Fox? Maybe it's because Fox is free to create the most dramatic stories with the most impressive smears, since they are not bound by actual events or truth. People like drama, so it seems very likely that they're drawn to Fox like moths to a flame.

It only takes a few minutes to find the clever falsehoods that Fox News spins into fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Sometimes it's not even verbal, but a lifted eyebrow, a tone of voice, or outright mocking laughter. I'm not saying that Fox alone does this, just that it leads the pack in such outrageous propaganda for their team.

TAKING SIDES
Dave Heasman | London, UK | July 17, 2014

Re Sunday's strip: Fox News doesn't cover "both" sides. In the US, both sides are giant corporations. In the world there are multiple conflicting sides, if you choose to look at it as taking sides. It is a choice to do so, you don't have to.

TRUE
Maerzie | Florence, WI | July 17, 2014

The FOX News strip is hilarious! So very true!

COMMENTARY FOR TODAY
Mike Utzinger | Milwaukee, WI | July 17, 2014

What a juxtaposition! Ginny Slade announcing she's running for Congress in the seventies strip because of insensitivities to women at the highest levels and GOP, Rep. Renee Elmers' insensitive comments about her own gender repeated in "Say What?" The 40-year-old daily Doonesbury strips are a fabulous commentary for today.

FOX NEWS
Mo Paoletta | New York, NY | July 16, 2014

Do not mock Fox News, for it is the only station that sheds light on both sides.

WITTY SATIRE
Robert Rossoford | Stillwater, MN | July 14, 2014

I enjoyed your witty satire of Fox News in Sunday's comic strip. I also enjoyed the many past satires of President George W. Bush. I wonder if we will ever see your wit as it pertains to President Obama and his administration.

NAILED IT
Patricia E. | Columbus, OH | July 13, 2014

Roland's deadpan dive into rumor-news spinning on behalf of Fox parallels the beautiful dark opening of Henry IV part 2 in which 'Rumour' describes his deeds -- flying across the globe. "Rumour is a pipe blown by surmises." Shakespeare and GBT nailed it.