` Timeless wankery — imaginary family values

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Sometimes, when technology marches on, it tramples popular culture under its jackboots. For example, I often wonder what people who grew up with e-mail and cellular phones make of Diva, a film in which half the cast chases the other half around looking for surreptitious tape recordings.

But sometimes, an artist recognizes a fundamental truth of human nature that transcends the hardware of the age. Compare Flanders and Swann’s fifty-year-old “Song of Reproduction” with the latest xkcd strip.


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