Pardon My Newspaper

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Okay, this is already borderline Geezer material: the likelihood that this kid will ever buy a newspaper as an adult is fairly remote.

My kids are already about twenty years older than this kid seems to be, and I doubt either one of them has read a pulp-and-ink newspaper in years.

7 Comments

  1. “Okay, this is already borderline Geezer material: the likelihood that this kid will ever buy a newspaper as an adult is fairly remote.”

    This comment is not actually directed at the kid. It’s a passive-aggressive complaint about the dad, who’s got a newspaper.

  2. True, James, but I think Bill’s point was that “bury your head in your newspaper” would be a meaningless phrase to young folks today.

  3. I don’t think “bury your head in your newspaper” would be a meaningless phrase, to kids who have seen it, even conceding that they’re far less likely to experience it directly.

    During the time that I had both a newspaper subscription and a child in my house everyday, I read the paper at lunchtime (i.e., mostly at work) specifically to avoid missing something important due to divided attention. Admittedly, I also traned my child on the difference between things that were allowed to interrupt a TV show, and things that could wait for a commercial.

  4. The cartoon doesn’t make much sense even if you pretend that hiding behind a newspaper is and will be a standard wife avoidance technique. She’s making it a threat, and all I can make of it is “Just wait until you’re grown and you’re holding a newspaper instead of covering your ears, which means you’ll HAVE to hear whatever woman is yelling at you!” A reach, to put it mildly.

    Remember when a stock gag was the oblivious husband reading the paper at the breakfast table? That’s been replaced by oblivious everybody everywhere with a smart phone. An impatient tablemate resorting to texting is already a cliche.

  5. “The cartoon doesn’t make much sense even if you pretend that hiding behind a newspaper is and will be a standard wife avoidance technique.”

    The trope is that dad just isn’t that involved in raising the kid(s)… which, when it’s difficult, is when mom complains that she’s alone in what’s supposed to be a two-person job. That’s what I see happening here.

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