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  1. It’s not even slightly humorous (at least ZITS is, when the ‘are kids really this stupid’ factor kicks in) . . . you could say this about ANYone not ‘heard of’. Easy peasy Sunday comic, that’s all.

  2. Well, yes but — it’s obvious the author really wants to educate us about this early woman in film, and is bringing in the “kids have a shallow time horizon” nonsense as counterweight. Or concealer, as it were — she can blame Gran for being didactic but it’s not sincere.

  3. Better punchlines:
    — “Like what’s-her-face who used to date Charlie Sheen?”
    — “They’re probably really really old films with people like Diane Keaton.”
    — “Young and French? I think that’s a podcast.”
    — “I tweet 700 times a week and nobody’s heard of me either.”
    — “If she’s not famous, why bother making a movie about her?”

  4. I couldn’t find the title of any documentary on Guy-Blache. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one, but now I’m curious.

    I kind of suspect that most of Gran’s little facts were taken from the Wikipedia article.

  5. Well, how many pre-1910 filmmakers HAVE people heard of? The only one I can think of is Melies, and that’s entirely because of the shot of the moon being hit in the eye by a rocket.

  6. “how many pre-1910 filmmakers HAVE people heard of? ”

    Edweard Muybridge, for one. Edison, for another. Do I win two prizes?

  7. As to the comic itself and Bill’s commentary, No, kids are not stupid. There isn’t any stupidity in this cartoon.
    The little girl is supposed to be, what 13 years old? So, for her whole life, a measure of fame has been number of Twitter followers. YOU know that’s a relatively recent phenomenon, and I know that’s a relatively recent phenomenon, but a 13-year-old lacks the memory of the time when twitter wasn’t a thing people did. Unless the adults around her sit around talking about how things were before Twitter came along, how would she know that Twitter hasn’t been around for a long time?

  8. Powers – I know that either US Public Broadcasting System or Turner Classic had a series of documentaries on early female film makers – I am guessing it was on TV about 6 months to a year ago and they probably would have included her.

  9. “but a 13-year-old lacks the memory of the time when twitter wasn’t a thing people did. Unless the adults around her sit around talking about how things were before Twitter came along, how would she know that Twitter hasn’t been around for a long time?”

    so you’re saying that kids *are* that stupid.

  10. “so you’re saying that kids *are* that stupid.”

    Except that stupid isn’t the right word. Someone who is ignorant can be corrected by supplying information. Someone who is stupid can’t be. Stupid is forever.

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