Everyone seems to be clicking “send” a bit too early nowadays.
We officially live in a world where internet trigger-happy world leaders can send massive populations into a devolved tail spin with erratic tweets, posts, and subsequent responses. These posts can have far-reaching consequences, and in the haste to respond in kind we’ve forgotten that we’ve normalized this kind of attitude.
Boulet is a French comic artist who has been writing about this for 15 years.
Originally he started writing an autobiographical series, but when he realized how accessible it was to his readers, he decided to make it fictional. “So it’s mostly ‘drawn stand up comedy,'” he explains. “I’m the main character, but in the same way comedians are there own character when they are on stage. The purpose is not really to talk about me but about situations of everyday’s life everyone can relate to.”
In his words, “The comic (below) was an anecdote about a Facebook mistake, I had basically two choices: Use it as a Facebook status to make my friends laugh or try to dramatize the whole process into an internal crisis to make it a story.”
That “internal crisis” is something Boulet is very interested in.
Boulet enjoys using the accessible medium of cartoons as a way to explore complex issues. He loves learning about and studying consciousness and neuroscience. His fans enjoy this.
“There were fun discussions in the comments about how the brain works … the very idea that we have a parallel process that can interfere, overlap or get in conflict is actually a thing. What I found most intriguing about this story was to literally feel my hand freeze BEFORE I could put an explanation on the WHY it froze.”
He also had a great suggestion as to figuring out the motivations behind certain posts. “We should always go on social networks with EEGs on. We would learn a lot.”
After what we’ve seen on social media over the last few years, it’s hard to disagree.
Boulet is a French cartoonist living in Paris. He’s had about 20 books published, most of them for young readers. He’s also worked on two books of the “Dungeon” series with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar (available in English; just ask at your local comic shop). This is from the English version of his French blog, Bouletcorp.com. You can find more examples of his great work there.