Comics with a Serious Message: The Rise of Cartoons for Teaching Cybersecurity
Comicgen: Comic Creator
Professor of Department of Human Sciences and Education. This paper analyzes, according to interactionist researches of Language Acquisition, the speech of children characters on comic strips. Among other things, it analyzes the verisimilitude of these speeches and argues about the need of relating the data from the fiction to the data already collected by researchers, if someone wishes to work with those fictitious data. Noting that the comic strips are texts aiming to produce some effect of humor, this paper further argues that this effect is not related to or it is very subtly related to the comic effect produced by some children speeches. Collecting data in the area of Language Acquisition is fundamental, and the area is strongly marked by it. In interactionist studies 1 , especially in the construction of longitudinal corpora from recordings and diary data, it is extremely important 2.
University of Western Australia Law professor Camilla Baasch Andersen has helped businesspeople draft legally binding contracts that take the form of simple comic-strips, arguing that their simplicity not only promotes understanding, but also insulates companies from the risk of courts finding their contracts unenforceable because they were too confusing an Australian court has forced insurers Suncorp and Allianz to refund AUD60m paid for insurance that was of "little or no value," but which Australians purchased thanks to confusing fine-print that made it hard to assess. Andersen points to other examples worldwide, like simple infographic contracts presented to functionally illiterate South African fruit pickers. It's fascinating in the context of Europe's pending General Data Protection Regulation , a top-to-bottom redo of the rules regarding data-handling by advertisers that requires that every piece of data gathered and shared be explicitly consented to by web users, with enough clarity that they can predict what will happen to it. If simple cartoons like the ones above set the bar for "sufficient clarity," then the ability to use complexity to obfuscate or mislead will be much harder to hide. That people would agree to terms and conditions that include giving away their first-born child shows the problem with current contract design.