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LinkedIn message makes sense of every single ‘New Yorker’ cartoon

It might be even better than 'Christ, what an asshole.'


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 25, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 10:08 pm CDT

When it comes to New Yorker cartoons, one caption apparently can be a catch-all. Credit artist Frank Chimero, via The Atlantic, with the latest idea.

The idea:

Here’s a sampling of how Chimero’s idea plays out. And you know what? It works pretty well.

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But “Hi, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” isn’t necessarily the be-all, end-all of New Yorker captions, and there have been other attempts to create a one-size-fits-all approach for those cartoons.

First, as reported by Gawker, there was, “Christ, what an asshole.” Which probably would have worked well for this cartoon.

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Actually, “Hi, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” would have been funny as well.

Later, there was “What a misunderstanding,” but quite honestly, Chimero’s latest idea is probably the best one of all.

But the most unfortunate part of this story is that it appears we can’t send that line to Chimero himself. It appears that he isn’t even a member of LinkedIn. How are we supposed to network with him now?


H/T The Atlantic | Photo via Joe Dator/The New Yorker

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*First Published: Sep 25, 2015, 12:52 pm CDT