Blogging: Of Tom and Jerry and craving the friction of a human being ..


I have always included Tom and Jerry in my profile.

Indeed, I am a fan of animation in general and ‘Tom and Jerry’ in particular.

But when asked, why was it on my profile, I never had a good answer.

My best attempt was: Blogging is not ‘corporate’. Including personal preferences in my profile was my way of saying : I am an individual and not a conformist in some large company.

Clearly people notice, because I get a lot of comments about the Tom and Jerry, Tintin, Asterix etc .. especially when people meet me at an event face to face for the first time.

Why was something I was doing almost for fun attracting so much attention?

I recently read The world is flat and suddenly on Page 255, it dawned on me why this was so powerful especially in blogosphere.

In that section, Thomas Friedman describes his frustration of a (supposedly friction free) encounter with an automated directory information service and says he ‘craved the friction of another human being’

He goes on to describe the ‘death of a salesman’ where a veteran salesman laments how in the old days, the salesmen would drop by and give their customers a few ‘Vikings’ tickets and consequently that when the world goes ‘flat’ its hard to create a bond with email and streaming Internet

That’s it!

That’s why people remember the Tom and Jerry and the human elements when they meet me almost as much as they know what I write about. Because they know that there is a person at the end of the blog.

In an increasingly automated world, the Tom and Jerry provides them the craving / friction of a real human being!

The image is from the 1945 classic ‘Quiet Please’ One of my favourites!

Quiet Please! was a 1945 Tom and Jerry cartoon which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. It was produced by Fred Quimby and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Ray Patterson, Irven Spence, and Ed Barge.(,_Please!)