This Week’s Cartoon: “Code Dependent”

I’m almost embarrassed to admit this as a media-type person, but I still do not own a smartphone. My rudimentary cellphone has become a perverse point of pride for me. I figure I’ve saved thousands of dollars over the past few years, so why stop now? Plus, I work from home, where there’s plenty o’ internet. Too much, in fact. Oh, I’m sure I’ll get an iPhone eventually… once they’re considered the Atari of mobile technology.

But these QR codes popping up everywhere, readable only by people who own a Secret Decoder Ring, seem just a little, well, exclusionary to those of us who are frugal with our phones. This will almost surely lead to a greater incidence of Cellphone Inferiority Complex.


  • Mike Peterson

    Same deal here. I work at home and leave the building mostly to go to the dog park. I carry the phone in case a client calls, but I’m not particularly dismayed if I happen to forget to bring it. They’ll leave a message and my email isn’t going anywhere, either. I already spend too much time goofing with that stuff.

  • Alex Hallatt

    Ditto. I have an old monochrome, text n talk Nokia, but I recently won an iPad and it is a terrible distraction (though it only works with wi-fi, fortunately). It stops me from sketching and observing the world around me when I’m out.

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.