A Thoroughly Modern Fable by NetWorthy ()
The young woman sat at the waiting area of an airport gate, loudly talking into her cell phone, ignoring the annoyed looks of everyone within earshot.
In contrast to the pained expressions of the crowd, the man sitting directly across from her actually leaned forward in his chair in rapt attention. He really seemed to be getting into it: Nodding his head in agreement with her at times, or sometimes pursing his lips in silent reproof, or raising his eyebrows in surprise, or shaking his head sadly in dismay and making clucking sounds. He clearly relished every bit of the thunderous dialog.
After a bit she became aware of it, said into her phone, "Just a second," and glared at him. "DO YOU MIND?"
The man beamed a 1000-watt smile back at her and said, "No, I don't mind at all - its fascinating! Please continue!"
The moral of the story: Ignoring people is not the same as them not being there...
Kind of a fun image. Not sure if you can call this "commissioned" or not: I did it by request for a friend and I did it just for fun, not for money LOL!
BTW, the word "fable" in this context is not "a legendary story" but "a profound lesson" - as in "Aesop's Fables!" (With my profound apologies to that legendary wise teacher of old... LOL!)
Image © 2011 by Larry Hodge
Image Comments (30)
In fact this is not a fable at all but a riff on what has become a common everyday occurence in our society. Where we put more priority on a person on the other end of a cell phone that those around us. At a resteraunt in London I saw two fashion model beautiful young Japanese women who had obviously met for a dinner. Though seated at a very small table they spoke to each other for no more than 5 minutes of the almost an hour they had dinner. I have seen Doonsbury parodies of this and it is very real and rapidly becoming more common.
This is amazing i like how you blacked out the people in the back like the person on the phone is doing i can really relate to this because it drives me mad everywhere you go your listening to everybodys business you cant help but hear it because they dont talk quietly i love this its superb !!
Amazingly perfect and correct. Being in retail I see this alot. Most are courteous and hang up when ready to check out, others just don't notice. I've left people at the counter and gone on with the work I have to do when they answer the phone and walk away after I've rung them up. Void sale, put product aside and walk away. Some actually get it and apologize. A few wonder what's wrong with me. I apologize and say 'I'm sorry I figured that call was someone asking you to get a certain item and you were shopping again.' Then some get it, and some just never do. I make a game of it now. Too many cell phone stories to re-tell here.
I am so glad to see your Aranée story continuing and I'll be commenting on them momentarily, but I had to stop here first. I love this post! First the execution is wonderful. I love the silhouettes representing the countless people irritated on a regular basis by the rudeness and noise of people talking loudly on their cellphones. I love the body language and expressions of the two main characters. Wonderful composition, poses, and expressions. Second, I love the story and its moral. Not only because I have been very frustrated by rude people with cellphones, but also because we all sometimes ignore the people around us and it's important to remind ourselves that they are still there, whether we pay any attention to them or not. I can sympathize with adorete's comment. I used to cashier and it was not at all uncommon for people to come up to the register, toss there tickets, and credit cards at me, while talking nonstop on the phone. I was so tempted to toss their cards and receipts back at them. Occasionally someone's phone would ring while they were paying and they would answer it, but tell the person on the other end to call back or hold on because they were paying. I really loved those people. I was eating with a friend at a restaurant once and saw a couple with a small child. Like brewgirlca's Japanese models, they spent the whole meal talking to other people on their phones. The toddler payed with a toy. It was a toy phone.