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Thursday, March 02, 2023

Goodbye Dilbert

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, had a racist rant in a video he posted last week. As a result most newspapers that carried the comic strip are dropping Dilbert, including our local Chicago Tribune. I fully support these moves. Much as I believe in separating the art from the artist, it's different when the artist is living and profiting from their art.

So we need to say to Dilbert, making the end of an era. Dilbert started in 1989 as a strip that captured the absurdities of the work place in an anonymous tech company, predating movies like Office Space and shows like Better Off Ted and Silicon Valley. I used Dilbert strips (with permission) in my book, namely this strip to introduce Kolmogorov complexity and this strip to describe my research area. Just call me Dan.

Farewell to Dilbert, Dogbert, Wally, Alice, Asok, the pointy-haired boss and the rest. I won't miss Scott Adams, but I will miss his creations.

6 comments:

  1. The fact that Scott Adams was cancelled by a bunch of newspapers doesn't mean he will stop publishing his Dilbert comics.

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  2. Don't rejoyce at Scott being cancelled by the woke crowd, your turn will come sooner than you expect.

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  3. Hmm... Bit of context would be helpful here.

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    1. He went on a rant after a Rasmussen Poll came out where on the statement of it is ok to be white, 53% of Black Americans said they "strongly agree" or "agree" with that statement.

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  4. It has been about 20 years since the Dilbert comics had anything really interesting or novel in them. It has all just been the same formula, rinse and repeat, since then. Every comic has its time and Dilbert's had passed. I won't let the 2023 Scott Adams take away from my enjoyment of the 1990s Dilbert. However, good riddance to the mediocrity of the 2023 Dilbert; its creator has nothing but racism left that he hasn't already told us a thousand times.

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    1. "I won't let the 2023 Scott Adams take away from my enjoyment of the 1990s Dilbert."

      Not until a co-worker complains about the 1990s strip on your wall being a microaggression.

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