“Give me Doonesbury please”

R.L. Crabb’s weekend cartoon in the Union newspaper is here. It sparked this comment from a regular reader, with the cartoon “clipped” in an email: “Assinine comments from Crabb. God, give me Doonesbury please.”

It is true that The Union spends a lot of energy focusing on the shortcomings of social media — rather than the advantages — in the opinions from its paid commentators, as well as the publisher.

But this a provincial, self-preservation mindset. Our community has embraced social media (while the newspaper is behind a “pay wall.”). One example: Nevada County Peeps on Facebook has 13,661 members, compared with 5,994 at The Union.

Outside our “cul de sac,” I was glad to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg among the distinguished list of guests at the White House for the state dinner for Chinese premier Xi Jinping this week. Other “disruptive” technologies were on the list too — such as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the founder of LinkedIn and the CEO of Salesforce.com (cloud computing).

Two newspaper correspondents were on the list (from the L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal) — but not one single newspaper management person was invited.

As Crabb wrote in his community newspaper cartoon: “The internet is changing how we communicate.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

13 thoughts on ““Give me Doonesbury please””

  1. I’m sure the man meant well who wrote the front page article in The Union this weekend starting: “An often overlooked aspect of California history is the story of Jews in the Gold Rush.” That might be true for our community, but in San Francisco and elsewhere the story of Levi Strauss and the Gold Rush is well known worldwide. His firm, Levi Strauss & Co., began in 1853 in San Francisco.

  2. As the admin of the following groups and others, I am happy to report that RL Crabb is already a member of Nevada County Vents, Nevada County Peepers in Exile, and Vents 2016. The last is strictly for politics, local, national , and global.

  3. Bob’s my favorite political cartoonist. Down to earth funny observations that are right on. Can’t get any more down to earth “Village idiot” most of us can identify with.

  4. I think the cartoon hits the nail on the head with how this social media groups work. I got dropped from a no on SB 277 group because I wouldn’t give in and say all vaccines are poison. I agree that there needs to be an opt out choice for parents but that wasn’t enough to stay in the good graces of the group administrator.

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