Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Never Enough Data, Damn It Department

Straight Ahead - Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Straight Ahead is a webcomic about a high-school boy who is in denial of his homosexuality, haunted by two queer spirits--one faboo drag queen with a pencil mustache, one massively impressive dyke in flannel--who try their hardest against the odds to get their charge to realize who he is and to come out of the closet. But never mind that, there's another story arc right now. The boy's homophobic brother and his pals were caught making insensitive comments by a gay teacher and ordered to write an essay on homosexuality in order to help them see the error of their ways. Hijinks ensue--the school's computer system has nanny-ware that flags the searches on their assigned subject and makes them the subject of classmate attention. As they try to escape they encounter jocks that, mercilessly, destroy the beloved PDA of the geekiest of the trio. Cut off from his constant source of data, he goes through withdrawal, clawing at any information he can.

I laughed. Out loud. It hit way close to home. Anyone who has paid any attention to my online existence knows how much data I'm sucking down. At least it's not as bad as it used to be. That "Get A Life Card" was actually a sticker that I can't scrap off, praise "Bob".