M2002.131.27 | Couldn't you watch a football game?

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Couldn't you watch a football game?
Serge Chapleau
2001, 21st century
Graphite on paper
43.1 x 35.5 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , various themes (1105)
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Is all the time people spend on computers having an adverse effect on the quality of human relationships? It would certainly seem so, judging by the look on the face of this young man, who seems annoyed by the fact that his partner is more interested in her computer than in him.

  • What

    This cartoon highlights the expanding place of computers in Quebeckers' daily lives. It also jokes about couples' relationships and the role that women are now playing in society and the job market.

  • Where

    Computer technology is enabling a growing number of people to work from home. This new reality, which is already having an impact on the labour market, may well lead to a redefinition of relations between employers and employees.

  • When

    Laptop computers became popular consumer items in the 1990s.

  • Who

    Although some older people may have rather closed minds when it comes to computers, younger ones in their teens or twenties are often very much at ease with new technologies.