Monday, July 21, 2008

Who Can Explain It?

What I want to know is this: why, when you're watching a really boring lecture or Grand Rounds, does the lecturer insist on referring to their boring, overly detailed, under-colored picture/diagram as a "cartoon"? Oddly, the more boring and complicated the slide, the more likely it is to be called a cartoon, as opposed to a diagram, a picture, a schematic, or anything else. It's an inverse proportion.

Seriously, a diagram of a transposon in a lecture about epigenetics? NOT A CARTOON. Unless your diagram is labelled "Transposon? That's what SHE said!", it's NOT A CARTOON. If you need to know what a cartoon looks like, I suggest you look here.

This message is brought to you by the letter "I fell asleep in Grand Rounds today", I mean "A".

2 comments:

Mayhem said...

It's manipulation. If they say diagram nobody cares but if they say cartoon then it might cause a resident nodding off to look up at the screen hoping to see something funny and in the process get conned into looking at a transposon. Sounds like they got you. LOL

Tiny Shrink said...

That is a good point. It only works so far, though, when the room is nice and dark and you're sitting on the floor by the wall because there were no seats and your tummy is full of pizza and suddenly zzzzzzzzzz