@ZySoua I miss that kind of silly view of the future. All we have nowadays is either an Orwellian dystopia, a zombie apocalypse or a nuclear war.

@th3rdsergeevich @ZySoua I don't think zombies are a plausible real-world apocalypse scenario.

Orwellian dystopia, on the other hand, is already here, and only getting worse. Nuclear war seems very likely, too.

@pixelherodev @ZySoua I was talking mostly about models cultivated by pop culture, literature and movie / gaming industry. And the pessimistic ones seems to be more alluring and profitable.

@th3rdsergeevich @ZySoua Good point.

Worse, the ideas portrayed as *good* and *heroic* today are honestly horrifying.

@pixelherodev @th3rdsergeevich @ZySoua we are all becoming what doctors call "scroll zombies"

Zombies have no regards to the real world, and soon, we wont too

@ZySoua Utterly amusing to see that the author could imagine something like a phone in your pocket* but didn't conceive of the idea of a different ring tone.
*: When I was a kid I long scoffed at the idea of the Star Trek transponders ever becoming reality, because, duh, no electric lead, so how is that gonna work!? Yeah, little did I know.

@Giagia @ZySoua the ring is a gimmie, the comic has to express one thing and so focuses on that. We don't actually know if the author could predict alternate ring tones.

@ZySoua @Giagia "but didn't conceive of the idea of a different ring tone"

The idea of portable telephones blasting actual song recordings from people's pockets was horror too unimaginable for those simpler times.

@shuro @ZySoua @Giagia did they even have recorded music as a consumer-purchasable thing back then?

(but even if the author could speculate on such things i think they were right to keep it as a normal telephone ring just to keep the comic comprehensible)

@carcinopithecus @shuro @ZySoua
Highly likely that the 'Tring tring' was for the purpose of being recognisable. I was struck by the sheer savvy of coming up with a "phone in your pocket" idea in the first place.

@ZySoua joke's on you, prescient cartoonist of yesteryear: we have the technology to silence the infernal ringing.

@MightyOwlbear @ZySoua not to mention texting. But it's a funny cartoon all the same, imagining the future is hard. People often just extend what they perceive to be modern in their time

@ZySoua
There's this famous video in french which imagines portable TVs back in 1947. And it really looks like smartphones today. It's funny if you can understand it a bit.

youtube.com/watch?v=ZKfOcR7Qbu

@ZySoua Of course, only men would possess such a device.

@ZySoua This seems to be the reprint version of the comic from 1923, but the original was published in 1919 with the title "The Pocket Telephone: When it will ring" archive.cartoons.ac.uk/Record.

@ZySoua This is way more accurate than it has any right to be considering it’s age.

@ZySoua i'm looking at this and trying to imagine how chill a life would be where this is a reductio ad absurdum 😭

@ZySoua I was kneejerk like "what, did this moron forget that in the future we can mute our electronics"

@ZySoua now i want to read all the other comics in which this prophet predicts the future!

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