comics: then they came for me…
I’ve known about the “First they came…” poem for ages, right about the time I started getting involved in queer groups. I didn’t know much about its history until today–thanks wikipedia–since it was always marked Anonymous on the magnets and bookmarks and buttons I saw.
BASH Magazine, sadly, will be going fully digital after the current issue. They featured this comic from Jen Sorensen, the cartoonist behind Slowpoke Comics. It transforms the “speak out before it’s too late” sentiment into a relevant message and an only slightly far-fetched conclusion*.
With people now talking about the demise of newspapers, and devices like Amazon’s Kindle taking the printed page out of the equation, it is sort of interesting. I don’t deny that I’ve downloaded an album that I can’t find or convert from cassette/vinyl, and I’ve downloaded shows that I’ve missed or were impossible for me to see. I’ve never been a fan of the newspaper, but my books… please don’t take those away. I admit that with these new devices, I could take 20 books with me in just the space of one, but I just can’t see myself in a vacation cottage next to a cozy fire with hot cocoa in one hand and an e-reader in the other. Much as I love my gadgets… it ain’t happening.
* We already willingly digitize our thoughts and day-to-day lives in our blogs, can the full conversion really be that far behind? 😉