Cell phone dependency (or mobile phone dependency) cartoon

Cartoon - cell phone dependency

Dependency on mobile phones – cartoon.

People are beginning to rely to an excessive extent on their mobile phone (cell phone) and on digital electronic technology.
This cartoon illustrates this by depicting tourists who are using the sat-nav function of their mobile phones to navigate to a hotel. The gps has stopped working and they don’t know how to find the hotel, even though it’s plainly in full view.

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Ignore the facts – the “post truth” society

Cartoon about ignoring the truth in favour of prejudice

Post truth cartoon.
Truth and facts being ignored in favour of emotional or prejudiced viewpoints.

The concept of ignoring the facts when reaching a decision about something, and letting the heart rather than the head rule, seems to be a phenomenon that’s on the rise. It has recently been labelled ‘post truth’.
In the cartoon I’ve linked it to the phenomenon of conspiracy theories, which are frequently used as a way of justifying irrational or unproven ideas.
The rise of post truth tendencies is said to be linked to people’s increasing use of social media via phones and electronic media and the tendency for internet algorithms to send people only information that they already agree with – however the tendency has always been there in the way that people purchase newspapers that agree with their political and other views.
It may also be linked to the current mistrust of experts.

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How social media confirms your prejudiced – creating a ‘phoney’ world view

phone filter bubble algorithm

How social media in phones filter information – giving the user a ‘phoney’ (or phony) world view

How social media etc via phones and other digital devices reinforce prejudices by filtering information so that the user only sees information that conforms to the user’s existing biases.

The ‘filter bubble’ of social media and other digital technology is similar to the ‘culture bubble’ of real-world travel and peer group opinions and attitudes.
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The phone filter bubble effect – creating a ‘phoney’ world view

filter bubble computer algorithm

How algorithms in phones filter information, thus giving the user a ‘phoney’ (or phony) world view

How the use of phones and other digital devices reinforce prejudices by filtering information so that the user tends to see only information that conforms to the user’s biases.

The ‘filter bubble’ of social media and other digital technology is similar to the ‘culture bubble’ in which travellers and tourists surround themselves with their own culture when abroad.
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People immersed in their smart phones unaware of events in the real world

people engrossed in their smart phones unaware of events in the real world

A problem of immersive technology – smart phone users oblivious to events round them

This cartoon is about the way that the use of smart phones encourages people to withdraw from the real world and to become totally immersed in their phones.

In the cartoon the two young people in the foreground are completely unaware that the city behind them is being destroyed by an alien invasion by flying saucers or ufos (and that this is the reason that their phones have lost their signal). The only thing that they notice is that the signal to their phones has gone.
The cartoon is an illustration of the potential dangers of immersive technology.
It was first published in Prospect magazine, April 2016.
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Cartoon of a person watching reality tv – infinite regression image

reality tv cartoon - infinite regression of image in tv screen

Reality tv cartoon – showing a person watching reality tv watching a person watching reality tv – an infinite regression image

A cartoon about television reflecting life: about the way that people’s lives are seemlessly integrated with technology – to the point where people only exist in relation to technology

An illustration of people doing nothing but watching reality television, for whom nothing exists beyond the tv screen, the computer screen or the phone screen.

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Snooper drones cartoon

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Personal spy drone cartoon
The use of drones for private detective work

A cartoon about one of the implications of the spread of drone technology in the future if drones become available to the public as personal drones or as civilian surveillance drones in general

The drone in the image is being used by a husband to spy on his wife
Advances in drone technology have implications for civil liberties, with the possibility of a Big Brother society

Click below for another cartoon about the possible use of personal drones Snooper drones

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Personal snooper drone cartoon – drones used for stalking

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Personal spy drone cartoon
An idea about the implications of drone technology
The use of drones for stalking

A cartoon about one of the numerous possible misuses of drone technology in the future if drones become available to the public as personal drones

The drone in the image is being used by a stalker to stalk a woman.

Click below for another cartoon about the possible use of personal drones Snooper drones

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Illustration – people using mobile devices oblivious to their surroundings

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An illustration about the tunnel vision of cell phone users
People using mobile devices being oblivious to what’s around them

A cartoon showing people using mobile phones or other portable electronic devices, totally ignoring the world around them

The cartoon shows a spring blossom tree in full bloom, with people staring at their phones instead of at the tree.

This is a variation on the idea that mobile phone users bump into people and objects because they aren’t watching where they are going, as they are too engrossed in their phones

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Sat-nav error cartoon. Guided to the wrong destination

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Sat-nav cartoon – a car guided by sat-nav taken to the wrong destination

The sat nav (GPS) has guided to car to the wrong M31 (the Andromeda galaxy instead of the M31 motorway).

The M31 motorway doesn’t actually exist by the way – it was planned but never completed.
The cartoon is about the way that car drivers will blindly and slavishly follow the instructions of their sat-navs even when they are completely wrong, sometimes going to the wrong destination of the same name
It says something about the way that the human race can follow the wrong path without realising the potential consequences
This is an astronomy cartoon

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Instagram cartoon. Instagram photo copyright theft

instagram photo copyright theft - cartoon

Instagram copyright theft cartoon
Instagram photo sharing cartoon

Instagram have announced that they intend to sell people’s photos without asking permission of the owner of the photo (who normally is the copyright holder).
A case of flagrant copyright theft I think.
The cartoon is a pastiche of the Instagram logo and slogan, with the Instagram slogan changed from “Fast beautiful photo sharing” to “Fast buck photo stealing
A cartoon about Instagram copyright violation, photo sharing sites, abuse of copyright, Instagram photo sharing site

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Drowning in digital technology – cartoon

drowning in immersive technology cartoon

A cartoon about drowning in the overwhelming tide of progress in modern digital technology which makes it hard to keep up and sometimes gives a sense of powerlessness or impotence.
It can also be seen as a cartoon about drowning in immersive technology, where the digital world ‘becomes’ real and overwhelms the user in a different way.

A cartoon about virtual reality, the digital-physical interface, electronic worlds, technological overload, information overload

Immersive technology is digital or electronic technology that affects the senses to such an extent that it is hard to define the line between the real physical world and the artificial digital or simulated world, creating a sense of immersion
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Twitter abuse cartoon. A cartoon about social media trolls and malicious messaging

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Twitter troll cartoon
A cartoon about malicious tweeting

Twitter attacks illustrated by the Twitter logo pooping on a person (who is being attacked by Twitter

People who send anonymous abusive, bullying, offensive or otherwise malicious messages via social media are known as trolls.
Cartoons about cyber bullying and internet harassment, shitter twitter, tweets, tweeting
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Going viral – a cartoon about popular culture and YouTube videos

youtube viewing cartoon

A cartoon about the most popular YouTube videos and the inanity of popular culture.
“Gangnam Style” tops YouTube viewing figures

A comic comment on popular culture in the internet age

This cartoon was inspired by the fact that the song and video “Gangnam Style” was the most popular YouTube video today.

I’ve got nothing against “Gangnam Style” (in fact I quite like it), but it’s a shame that the most popular areas of popular culture are usually the most inane/mildly amusing/superficial.
The man in this image is implying that he’d like to see something a bit more intelligent topping the internet viewing figures.
The cartoon is about internet trending, going viral, cultural inanity, popular culture.

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Social media bullying or Twitter abuse cartoon badge/label

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Cyber troll or twitter Troll cartoon
On-line abuse cartoon

A person who indulges in Twitter bullying and tweeting abusive tweets may be called aTwitter shitter
The cartoon shows a bird similar to the Twitter logo shitting on a person, as a metaphor for social media abuse or internet bullying

An illustration designed as a badge or label to campaign against the use of Twitter for sending malicious tweets.
I’d never heard of the phrase ‘Twitter shitter’ previously, however a quick internet search has thrown up a number of examples, all of which seem, surprisingly, to relate to actually going to the toilet. My own use refers to posting unpleasant tweets similar to the activities of internet trolls and suchlike.

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Conkers cartoon – the computer game

Conkers computer game

A cartoon about the traditional children’s game, conkers, conkers, as a computer game

The cartoon is about the way that traditional children’s games are being usurped by computer games and other forms of digital entertainment

Conkers is played with the seed of the horse chestnut tree on the end of a piece of string. Competing children take turns to hit each other’s conker until one of them is broken and falls off the string it’s threaded onto.

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Apple maps are inaccurate – is Apple losing its way?

apple maps inaccurate cartoon

Apple maps inaccurate
Cartoon about the Apple Maps app debacle

Apple’s maps app has several inaccuracies in it, for which chief executive, Tim Cook, has apologised. Apple have even recommended that people use rivals’ software instead.
Would this have happened under Steve Jobs, a control freak and perfectionist?

The cartoon shows a cartoon Apple logo navigating by an Apple map, and walking in a dangerous direction.
The Apple logo is saying “Am I losing my way?”
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Below is a possible page layout for the illustration (here with a taller cliff and with the apple closer to the edge for dramatic effect).
apple maps - losing its way - cartoon

Editorial cartoon – Apple maps app inaccurate

apple maps inaccurate - editorial cartoon

Cartoon – Apple apologises about Apple maps being inaccurate

Apple computers’ maps app has several inaccuracies in it, such as missing roads, wrongly located towns, mis-spelt place names etc.

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, has apologised following criticism caused by inaccuracies in its new maps system.

This cartoon shows a map of the world on an Apple logo, creating a globe. On the map Africa and South America are in the wrong positions, reflecting (and exaggerating!) errors in the Apple Maps app.

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Cartoon – Apple logo with teeth

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Apple logo cartoon.
Menacing Apple logo with teeth

Editorial cartoon showing the Apple logo transformed into a ‘monster’ with teeth

The concept of the cartoon is that Apple corp is getting too big and is turning into a bit of a monster, with all of the consequent problems, such as market monopoly, corporate greed, imbalance of competition.

This cartoon is about rapacious corporate gigantism, and not necessarily about Apple’s products – I’ve drawn almost all of my cartoons since 1985 on Macs, and have hardly touched a PC in my life.
A cartoon about corporate success, expansion, mobile phones, 3G, 4G, computers, computer companies, phone companies.

WARNING. This cartoon can not be used for commercial purposes unless it is as editorial content.

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Apple are getting so big they may be turning into a monster

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Apple logo cartoon.
Apple are getting so big they are turning into a monster

Editorial cartoon showing the Apple logo transformed into a ‘monster’ with teeth, devouring a cell phone that represents the other phone manufacturers.

The concept is that Apple corp is getting too big and is creating an imbalance in the telecommunications industry.

This cartoon is about rapacious corporate gigantism, and not necessarily about Apple’s products – I’ve drawn almost all of my cartoons since 1985 on Macs, and have hardly touched a PC in my life, so I’m a big Apple fan.

WARNING. This cartoon can not be used for commercial purposes unless it is as editorial content.

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Optician cartoon. A cartoon about people’s worlds being limited to their phone

eye test phone cartoon

Cartoon about people’s lives being limited to their cell phones or mobile phones

A cartoon about people’s over-reliance on phones and obsession with phones

Cartoon showing someone having their eyes tested at an opticians.
The person is looking at an eye chart and is saying “Why would I need to be able to see something so far away from my phone?”

A cartoon about people’s worlds being limited to their phones, opticians, eye tests, optometry cartoon, optometrist cartoon, ophthalmic opticians, ophthalmology, mobile phones, tunnel vision, eyesight, shortsightedness, phone addiction, 4G phones, 3G phones

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How to stop a baby crying – give it the phone

baby comforter phone cartoon

Cartoon showing how to stop a baby crying – give it the phone

A comment on the hypnotic fascination with phones of young people.
The cartoon is also about the way that children are socialised into dependence on technology and gadgets.
The baby is ignoring the soft toys that are dangling in the baby buggy and is focussing completely on a cell phone (mobile phone).

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Gender specific reactions to mobile phone apps – cartoon

Women men differences mobile phone - cartoon

A cartoon about gender differences and mobile phone apps.

Differing male and female attitudes to technology

Gender specific differences are shown here in the way that young men like gadgets, while young women prefer to talk (shown in this cartoon by a man who is more interested in the phone apps that he can add to his phone than in the fact that he can use it to talk to his friends).

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Tiananmen Square protester cartoon – photographing conflicts

tiananmen square tanks protester cartoon

Tiananmen Square protester cartoon – taking a photo of the tanks

Cartoon about the phenomenon of civil unrest, conflicts and protests being photographed and filmed by civilians using their mobile phones and digital cameras

At the time of the Tiananmen Square protest the technology to record the protest digitally did not exist.
It is now not uncommon for riots, battles and massacres to be filmed or recorded and to be posted on web sites such as Youtube
This cartoon first appeared in BBC Knowledge magazine

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You’re never alone when you’ve got a phone – cartoon

You're never alone when you've got a phone - cartoon

Mobile phone cartoon. Cell phone cartoon.
You’re never alone when you’ve got a phone – cartoon

A cartoon showing a person sitting alone with a mobile phone on the table.

The cartoon is an observation about people who place their phones on the table when they are on their own, to signal to other people that they have friends
A cartoon about mobile phones, cell phones,social media,loneliness,solitary people,communication

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Moon cartoon – following sat-nav to the moon

Sat-nav gps lost on moon - cartoon

From my selection of moon cartoons
Following sat-nav on the moon

A cartoon about following a sat-nav to the wrong destination – a car has been following the directions given by its sat nav system and has ended up on the moon.
This is a joke about the way that people can reach the wrong destination by unthinkingly following the directions given by their sat-navs (or any other imparter of false knowledge)

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Phone cartoon. Study shows that women are more intelligent than men

Women demonstrate superior intelligence cartoon

Cartoon: are women more intelligent than men?

Recent scientific studies show that in some ways women may be more intelligent than men

Cartoon about gender differences

The comic shows a man using a complicated mobile phone. He is obviously very attracted to the complexity of the technology involved. A woman is saying that she’d rather just use a simpler phone.
The implication is that both approaches are valid, although the superficial interpretation is that the woman’s attitude is the more intelligent. It’s meant to be ambiguous, and for people to fall into accepting the interpretation of the cartoon that they first perceive (for instance, many women will think that the cartoon is a straightforward criticism of the male obsession with technology, and most men will either think that the cartoon is just plain wrong or that it is being ironic in showing a woman thinking that she’s superior to men).

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Turing test cartoon

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Turing test cartoon

Showing a person testing a computer’s intelligence using the Turing test.
The computer passes the Turing test but the tester fails

The Turing test is a test devised by Alan Turing to test a machine’s intelligent behaviour, and to test whether it could pass as human.

A cartoon about sentience, sentient lifeforms and artificial intelligence (AI)

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Turing test cartoon – a robot testing a baby using the Turing test

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Turing test cartoon

Cartoon showing a robot using the Turing test to see if a human baby is sentient

The Turing test is a test devised by Alan Turing to test a machine’s intelligent behaviour, and to test whether it could pass as human.

A cartoon about sentience, morals, sentient lifeforms, sentient computers, sentience, intelligent computers, AI, artificial intelligence, Turing test

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