Political Cartoonists, Paper Impression & Pulp

I am (sometimes) a freelance illustrator, so it was engaging to read about the political cartoonists who took advantage of the introduction of lithography. Amazing is the power of influence they, political cartoonists, had over the public. Living in that era would have been amusing, entertaining even, although politics is not usually my subject of choice.

Thank goodness for Johannes Gutenberg’s innovation of movable metal type! It would be hard to imagine getting much done today if we were still writing all communications by hand or using carved wood letters for paper impression. As the text states (Vivian, pp.25), it would be time consuming for sure, but maybe also a lesser incentive for lazy writers. I certainly communicate more now that I am able to type quickly and send messages in the matter of seconds.

Finally, it was especially interesting to learn where the term ‘pulp fiction’ came from. I may be the last to know but I never would have guessed its relation to books printed with pulp paper. It is intriguing to think about what new technologies will displace the media platforms and mediums we use today. Some mediums will become obsolete, while others, like political cartooning…ongoing.

Work Cited:
Vivian, J. (2011). The Media of Mass Communication (pp. 25, 10th ed.).

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