This Week’s Cartoon: “More E-holes”

Didn’t have time to blog while I was in New York, but better late than never. If you’ve ever been in email or Facebook contact with me, rest assured that with this cartoon, I am not talking about you. It’s all completely hypothetical, of course. Except for whoever is tweeting under the handle OprahWinfrey.

I don’t begrudge people for getting excited about the iPad or their iPhone, but I’m put off by the expensive data plan, and kind of surprised so many people are willing to sign up for it. I’ve literally saved thousands of dollars by using a cheap-ass cellphone that costs me less than $10/month. And I just seek out free wifi for my netbook when I travel. Of course, I’m a frugal cartoonist, and if I had a high-paying job in a cubicle farm, I might treat myself to an iPad too.


  • Alex Hallatt

    Me too! I have had two cellphones since 1997 and I only gave up my aging Nokia bananaphone when the microphone gave out (more expensive to fix that to buy a new one). What troubles me is not just the cost of upgrading, but what happens to all the old stuff when you do.

    Mind you, I’m going to have to cartoon on the road as I’m going to the Reubens and if I had the cash I’d get a new laptop. My G4 powerbook (crap at picking up wi-fi due to shielding properties of titanium) is now ten years old and literally held together with duct tape.

  • Jen Sorensen

    I really like my Acer netbook for travel — it’s super-light and works like a regular laptop. I think my package only cost around $350. Of course, you would have to use Windows, and I know a lot of people prefer not to.

  • idiosynchronic

    The data plan costs have kept my wife and I from adopting smartphones – not just iPhones – as well. Worst part is that even the voice costs for our total 600/min/month seem to run you $50, no matter what service or plan you use.

  • Jen Sorensen

    idiosynchronic – I just buy a year of prepaid minutes from Tracfone, and it works great for people like me who spend more time doing email than talking on the phone. If you get the “Double minutes for life” deal, it works out pretty well.

    Maybe I should start an advice column called “Connectivity For Cheapskates.” Hmm…

  • John W. Eaton

    I put GNU/Linux on my Acer netbook and it works great. So you don’t *have* to run Windows… It’s probably a lot harder to run OS X if that’s what you really think you want, but I guess you can blame Apple for not being able to install their software on anything but Apple hardware.

  • James

    I don’t get it either. I finally gave up my Nokia 2610 when I was having to go to Amazon to find accessories. To me, and I-pad is just another expensive device that can be lost, damaged, or destroyed. Why get the new best thing when my old best thing still serves me just as well?

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.