The Hipster Effect » comics Identity, society and work in the age of perpetual connectivity Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:35:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Facebook identity: comic edition /2012/03/23/your-facebook-identity-comic-edition/ /2012/03/23/your-facebook-identity-comic-edition/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:04:52 +0000 Sophy Bot /?p=622 more]]> So apparently Facebook no longer has a privacy policy. Yep, that’s right – what was once its “Privacy Policy” has now become its “Data Use Policy,” which, to be fair, is a more accurate assessment of the policy’s actual content. After all, what Facebook is talking about here is all the different ways it’s going to use the mounds of personal data we willingly feed into it. The funny thing is, that important but telling name change happened way back in September, but only last week did Facebook officially announce that and other important changes to its policies (remember, there are 845 million of us directly affected by such changes).

And so, in honor of these disconcertingly flippant updates, here’s a batch of comics poking fun at the inherently open nature of our Facebook identities. Nervous laughter ahoy.
















Image credits: The Joy of Tech, Mashable, Toothpaste for Dinner, Savage Chickens


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Phone addiction: comic edition /2012/01/16/phone-addiction-comic-edition/ /2012/01/16/phone-addiction-comic-edition/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:44:49 +0000 Sophy Bot /?p=516 more]]> It’s not exactly a secret: pretty much all of us are addicted to our smartphones and other internet-connected devices. Gizmodo recently posted a real-world game where everybody at your lunch meeting / romantic dinner / non-LAN-party social gathering stacks their phones face down on the table; the first person to check their phone pays the entire bill. Saturday Night Live poked fun at our screen addiction this weekend with a parody commercial for an app that sends realtime notifications about “what’s in front of your face” and the Simpsons got in on the action with their own mock social networking app, SpringFace. And so, here’s another set of comics (and one comic infographic) depicting the modern internet-connected life: the phone addiction edition.














…and for your bonus unrelated comic: the distraction that is the internet.


Image credits: Mashable comics, The Joy of Tech, The System, OnlineSchools, Asher Sarlin

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Then and now: comic edition /2012/01/11/then-and-now-comic-edition/ /2012/01/11/then-and-now-comic-edition/#comments Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:08:15 +0000 Sophy Bot /?p=500 more]]> This week marked a first in my 17 years of internet use: my mom forwarded me a legitimately funny email (and one that originated on Reddit, to boot). The email in question contained a bunch of then and now comics and, coming from somebody whose leisure internet usage consists of family photos on Facebook and prolonged solitaire battles (I love you mom), it was surprisingly zeitgeist. And so, for a bit of lighter fare here on The Hipster Effect, check out this selection of Then and Now comics depicting just how different an internet-enabled society really is.



The Reddit-spawned original (curiously enough, my mom's version was missing the bottom row)



I feel this kid's Transformers-induced pain



The golden rule does not apply to piracy



Modern birthdays: Tweets over Twister



Rarity = excitement



Globalization ain't no thang



The changing form of distraction


…and finally, an unrelated bonus comic:



Got any more? Post them in the comments.

Image credits: Reddit, Smilorama, Endless Origami, Failbook, Techno Tuesday, Rage comics, XKCD


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