Can we, at this point, just call out the anti-vaxxer movement for what it is? “The Logical End to Hipsterism.” Because that’s it, isn’t it? In this age, when everybody is aware of everything everyone else does, nobody feels like a special snowflake anymore. So, to a certain group of people, the natural psychological reaction is to just do things that are unpopular. To go against The Herd. But some things are popular for a pretty good reason. Things like breathing, eating and vaccinating your kids. Sometimes, it just doesn’t pay to think Opposite Day. But really…can’t you just imagine certain people, angrily grabbing phials of vaccine, exclaiming: “HERD IMMUNITY?! I don’t need your HERD immunity! I THREW IT ON THE GROUND!!”
The following comic strip, though, may just be the vaccine against Hipster Anti-Vaxxinism. Which, by the way, is a disease contracted only by people who never heard their mother say “Starving kids in Africa would die for the needle you’re getting…and they do.” This utterly brilliant piece of infotainment was penned by Maki Naro, published on Medium.com’s The Nib. If it looks remarkably polished and refined, there’s a reason for that — Maki is a professional cartoonist for Popular Mechanics. He’s called the John Hodgeman of Comics, and other pieces like “Monkey See, Monkey Make Logical Fallacy” and “Ebola: A User’s Guide” certainly lend some credence to the claim.
For more cartoons from Maki, visit The Nib, or subscribe to his Twitter feed. Until then, here’s hoping he’s found the cure to the pandemic of Hipsterism. Found it…AND THREW IT ON THE GROUND!!
Wait. No. Anyway.
Here’s a comic strip about children dying of preventable diseases.