Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for September 20, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    And sometimes you accidentally forgot to put on a stamp.

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    codycab  5 months ago

    When a comic strip predicts the future.

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    Scorpio Premium Member 5 months ago

    To some degree, i agree with his dad. Not in all parts. but some

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    Captain Charlie  5 months ago

    This aged like a fine wine. Computers, telephones, and TVs ARE all hooked together to bring instantaneous, interactive communication right into our homes (along with everywhere else)!

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    Jesy Bertz Premium Member 5 months ago

    Al Gore was right! He never claimed he “invented” the Internet. He just laid out how everyone in the near future would be connected via the “Information Super Highway”.

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    jagedlo  5 months ago

    If Calvin could have seen the future, he wouldn’t be as enthused as he looks in the second panel…

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    sirbadger  5 months ago

    The bad thing is that we’ve reached a point where various devices are spying on you. Maybe I’m just paranoid.

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    orinoco womble  5 months ago

    When people could stand to be alone in their own heads on the bus, on the street etc.

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    DaveG1960  5 months ago

    It did usher in the Zombie Apocalypse. It’s called texting……

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    VegaAlopex  5 months ago

    Was Calvin on the right track when this comic appeared in the late 1980’s.

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    snsurone76  5 months ago

    Where do his parents keep their horse and buggy??

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    JoeStoppinghem Premium Member 5 months ago

    The internet has done some good, but also has damaged quite a lot as well. @mazon for example, has destroyed many businesses.

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    eced52  5 months ago

    I wish we had stop at three channels on the TV and wall phones.

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    Troglodyte  5 months ago

    Calvin would love the 21st century!

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    RCKJD  5 months ago

    Considering that I met my wife through the internet, I am quite happy with the new way.

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    Calvinist1966  5 months ago

    Today’s strip reminds me of my Dad’s attitude to credit cards. He was against them as they helped people to get into debt and helped fraudsters to rob people of their savings. When I was at Junior School, I read that some people were predicting that credit cards would ultimately replace cash transactions. Early in 1979, my English class were instructed to write a story set in 2009 and I used the idea that credit cards had replaced cash transactions in my story. My Dad told me that was nonsense and that credit cards will never be any use without cash. Now that we are in 2023, some places only take card payments and it is very likely that card payments will replace cash transactions altogether this century.

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    cdward  5 months ago

    You can’t go back, but you can adapt some older technologies into a healthier future. The bicycle (and I’m not talking about those spandex-wearing cyclists who run people over without so much as an “on your left”), can and maybe should replace much of the harmful car traffic. Some countries, like Finland, have invested a lot of money and land to create bike streets which receive priority over car streets in maintenance and snow removal (which is important in Finland!). People there ride bikes to school and work year-round. And they are much healthier for it.

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    Purple People Eater  5 months ago

    He’s a 21st century kid from the late 20th century (1993, according to the copyright notice).

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    bbenoit  5 months ago

    I agree with dad.

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    Steve Dallas  5 months ago

    30 years later I’m with his dad.

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    mourdac Premium Member 5 months ago

    I was a network admin for a long time. We early on adapted using phones and tablets to extend the capabilties of folk out on the field.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 5 months ago

    What’s next? Electric cars that cost a fortune and burst into flames that cannot be put out with water for no reason filling the air with thick, toxic smoke polluting the air more than 500 gas powered Countmobiles. Bwaaa haaa haaa!

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    Rotary12 Premium Member 5 months ago

    The information super highway = the surveillance state.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 5 months ago

    I would still like to have a horse. Talk about energy efficient.

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    pixiekitten Premium Member 5 months ago

    Boy I grew up and relate to the dad more and more

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    mountainclimber  5 months ago

    “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

    (Isaac Asimov)

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    More Coffee Please! Premium Member 5 months ago

    I actually agree with Dad on this one.

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    anamchara42  5 months ago

    This strip is from 1993. What Calvin read very accurately stated what was to come.

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    c001  5 months ago

    First appearance September 22, 1993. Nice to see it 30 years later.

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    Saddenedby Premium Member 5 months ago

    I’m a 19th-century person forced into the 21st-century “dream?” of a technologically controlled populace. I’ll gladly trade Calvin. Very gladly, as I watch what this technology does to my grandchildren, friends, government, and people’s relationships. js ……….. ps see the Drabble strip by Fagan today

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    prairiedogdance Premium Member 5 months ago

    Just saying, the seeds of the information highway were already a sparkle in a technician’s eye long before 1993. In 1968 my mom swapped our old desk style rotary phone for the modern sleek “Trimline” phone with pushbuttons. Still corded, but it included in the light-up keypad were two new mysterious buttons: Star and Pound.

    The fellow from Northwestern Bell putting in the new jacks waxed rhapsodic about how in the future, using those buttons, we’d be able to do all sorts of things. Put a call on hold, add multiple people to a phone call to have a group chat, and shop. But what mom was most giddy about was when he said maybe even vote! With our phones!?

    Of course, she imagined it would be for president, not just which stooge gets booted off the island, or win a recording contract… sigh.

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    rshive  5 months ago

    Those who want to interact are probably few and far between.

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    Just-me  5 months ago

    I think it is now called the IOT, Internet of Things. Now my refrigerator can be hooked up to my wifi. Why? So I can be alerted to the fact the power went out and yes, there’s a refrigerator app for that…sigh.

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    jrankin1959  5 months ago

    Wait until the spam calls and emails start, kid – you’ll soon appreciate Dad.

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    wiley207  5 months ago

    Yep, this was back in 1993 when the “electronic superhighway” was in its’ early stages, along with Bill Watterson basically expressing his disdain for modern technologies. But it’s a little scary how Calvin’s prediction in the second panel turned out to be true! And of course, his line in the last panel is funny as always.

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    WCraft Premium Member 5 months ago

    Wow! How eerily prescient!

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    kartis  5 months ago

    Wait 30 years, kid, you’ll be wondering what the heck happened.

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    ilovecomics*infinity  5 months ago

    That’s okay, I’m the opposite!

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    Emperor Rick  5 months ago

    Team Dad. sigh…..

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    John Jorgensen  5 months ago

    There are definitely certain situations where having no expectation of a rapid reply can be used to your advantage.

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member 5 months ago

    Calvin the future isn’t what you expected. Yeah we’re all connected and this thing called social media has divided everyone and everybody have gone tribal. Become a Luddite and stay off the grid

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    Raging Moderate  5 months ago

    Return to the days of carrier pigeons.

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    Mediatech  5 months ago

    Being in a 19th century family would put you well ahead of many social media users, who’s Neanderthal DNA is clearly evident.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  5 months ago

    It’s kind of funny seeing all these people on the Internet complain about the Internet.

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    chuckcork1  5 months ago

    I’m with Dad on this. I started work just before email started to be used where I worked, in 1995. We got email (such as it was) in 1996.

    It had been the case, depending on the time of day, that to send a message to someone at head office, it might actually be faster to send it by mail (mail was delivered to desks in the morning) than to send a fax (faxes were delivered in the afternoon).

    Now everyone can do it instantly, instant responses are also wanted.

    Still though, when I get official letters from companies or government, they still manage to arrive only a week (at least) after the supposed date the letter was sent…

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    txmystic  5 months ago

    Remember pre-internet when everything was about the “information superhighway”?

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    DennisH2  5 months ago

    Count your blessings Calvin.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  5 months ago

    And as a direct result, Big Brother has now taken up full-time residence in every home with anything IOT including a “smart speaker” or even a “smartphone.” Better still, Big Brother sees all, knows all, and, most importantly, he never forgets.

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    mindjob  5 months ago

    And this is why they don’t teach cursive is schools anymore. Nobody uses it

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    patrickab7  5 months ago

    Yes, imagine that!

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    FicklePickle  5 months ago

    Fax me your number

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    Angry Indeed  5 months ago

    Calvin’s dad makes Luddites appear as First Adopters!

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    mistercatworks  5 months ago

    You never had to update your pencil, upgrade your paper or pay a subscription for stamps.

    I did IT support (among other things) for 20 years before retiring. I retired this year and thought life would get simpler. All my devices are still nagging me about their latest and greatest features, software is still buggy, and updates are a never-ending nuisance.

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    w2lj  5 months ago

    I see we changed that to 21st Century.

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    Earnestly Frank  5 months ago

    This electronic superhighway will never happen. You heard it here first.

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    PaulAbbott2  5 months ago

    Death seed, blind man’s greed. Poets starving, children bleed.Nothing he’s got, he really needs. 21st century schizoid Calvin

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    g04922  5 months ago

    Calvin was WAY ahead of his time…

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    Jesse Atwell creator 5 months ago

    And sometimes those letters, errr bills… would get “lost” in the mail.

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    KEA  5 months ago

    It was also kinda handy when you could write a check that you knew wouldn’t clear for at least a week. (not that I ever did that – ahem)

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  5 months ago

    30 years later, I’d say we’ve allowed technology to go too fast.

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    American Beagle  Premium Member 5 months ago

    They are referring to the time when a person could write out at least two coherent sentences in cursive hand writing.

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    BiggerNate91  5 months ago

    Being born in the early 2000s, the earliest technology I experienced were flip phones, Windows XP, and the original model Xbox 360. If that feels like forever ago to me, I could never imagine what y’all have experienced.

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    sallyseckman  5 months ago

    Calvin was right on about this “super highway” and I’m guessing if his dad knew about smartphones, he’d probably become a hermit and move into a cave.

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    willie_mctell  5 months ago

    There was a book from the late ’90s called “Roadkill of the Information Superhighway.” I wanted to read it but never managed to find a copy.

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    liberalnlovinit  5 months ago

    WHAT, Calvin was the originator of the concept of the “Internet of Things (IOT) ??”

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    phoenixnyc  5 months ago

    A friend of mine used to love it when the company e-mail server went down. “I got so much actual work done!”

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    llaflam Premium Member 5 months ago

    Calvin’s dad is smarter than anyone!!!

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    Guybrush Threepwood  5 months ago

    Now that we’re there: Dad was right.

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    Gizkok  5 months ago

    During the 1994 Olympics, in Norway, I remember commercials all about the Information Highway. I knew computers were involved but I had yet to be able to use them for communication. AOL was mentioned, which meant next to nothing to me. My youngest son caught on fairly quickly though and it was no time before “dial-up” entered our home.

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    Fuzzy Kombu  5 months ago

    Yes! World-wide, interactive, instantaneous communication…and hear I am, reading and interacting with a comic strip. (Or I could be watching actual, live-action cat videos!) Hljkjljljbnhblubbub….

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    jvscanlan Premium Member 5 months ago

    Who knew Calvin was prescient

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    StevePappas  5 months ago

    Instantaneous?

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    MFRXIM Premium Member 5 months ago

    I’ve been run over on the information highway. I’m 74 and still recovering.

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    Blackholeincinerator   5 months ago

    Hey guys I am starting a Calvin and Hobbes marathon. Wish me luck!

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    DarkNStormyWriter Premium Member 5 months ago

    I love the surrealness of reading this on my iPhone.

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