Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Keep it simple, stupid.

This cartoon appears in the current issue of Private Eye.
I was glad it was taken, as I wasn't sure if people would get it.
You don't, do you?

I'll explain.
Modern communication technology...how some people are so keen to text/e-mail/instasnapwhatschat photos of things that would probably put you off your breakfast.
Does human nature change?
Would older means of communications and media have been used in a similar way when they were new?

The drawing was tricky enough (is it obvious the scene is from times past? hmm, not sure...let's chuck in some background detail), but I also found myself agonising over the caption.

Should I use actual names, but then risk referencing real people?
Or should I just use the 'Lord' and 'Lady' titles?
Should I use other titles: Baron/Viscount/Earl? 
How should you use titles? (I mean, do you know what sort of angry letters appear in the magazine's 'Pedant's Corner' over this sort of thing!?)
Ages spent on t'internet: courtesy titles- the capitalisation of the definitive article 'The' even in middle of a sentence when used before the honorific prefix. Agghh!!!

Why can't I just do simple?
I'm off to have a lie down.

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