Re: RARA-AVIS: Cell phones and cigarettes

Date: 14 Apr 2003


Re your comment below:

> I think that hardboiled can survive the addition of
> cell phone technology.
> I don't think it would survive the loss of tobacco,
> though.

In a sense it already has. When Dick Tracy
(comfortably enshrined as one of the 20th Century's 100 Best Hard-Boiled Characters) was first introduced, he was a non-technological smoker. By 1947, he'd given up smoking, and had acquired a 2-Way Wrist Radio
(the late '40s version of a cell phone) without losing a jot of toughness.

If Dick Tracy could do it in 1947, everybody can do it now.


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