dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

In today's strip, we are told that museum guards are driven to near-homicidal rage by the pointless, useless, meaningless chatter of irritating children....just like everyone else.

(Strip Number 4280, Original Publication Date, 19 January 1983)

Panel 1: We find ourselves at the art gallery with Mike's class. Upon encountering a bronze bust titled 'Bronze Head', he says in the loud voice only small children who don't have the blindest idea that they're shouting can produce that he thought that they only did that to shoes. As he does so, Joe Rentacop stands there doing his best impersonation of a man with a migraine.

Panel 2: As they come across an example of abstract art, a little girl in a jumper speculates that they put the thing in the gallery because they couldn't sell it to anyone.

Panel 3: As they walk to their next objet d'art, Lawrence wonders why they don't have any Muzak to delight the ear.

Panel 4: As Stoney-faced Old Joe Rentacop hovers over him with a face that wants to say the words "Children should be seen and not heard", Mike tells him that they must not want to have anything around that would cheer up the guards.

Summary: Lynn is clearly trying to tell us that children are too loud and curious to sit back and let art magically improve them. What she loses sight of is that the offsprings who end up being told "inside voices" all the time not only don't mean any harm, they don't actually think of themselves as shouting.

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