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13 November 2023, 21:46

Spirit of the Time: Legendary cartoon about two dogs and the Internet

Spirit of the Time: Legendary cartoon about two dogs and the Internet
In the era of the digital revolution, some works of art become true icons, reflecting the spirit of their times.
Back in 1993, when the world was just beginning to embrace the concept of the Internet, The New Yorker presented one of its most recognizable cartoons: the monochrome “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Dog” by Peter Steiner. 

Set against the backdrop of a personal computer, two dogs communicating not only became the most widespread cartoon in the history of the magazine, but also anticipated the digital era, where anyone can remain anonymous.

At the Illustration Art Signature Auction on October 6, 2023, the original of this famous cartoon sold for a record $175,000, setting a new standard for monochrome panel cartoons.
Reddit users have created hundreds of sequels to this cartoon, but here is one of the most recognizable.
Reddit users have created hundreds of sequels to this cartoon, but here is one of the most recognizable.
Peter Steiner, creator of more than 430 cartoons for The New Yorker, has expanded beyond his role as an artist to become a spy novelist and artist. Despite the variety of his accomplishments, he admits with a smile that his reputation will probably be associated with "the guy who came up with the 'On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Dog' meme."


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