SCOTT ADAMS – DILBERT – ALWAYS POSTPONE MEETINGS WITH TIME WASTING MORONS.
One of several compilation books for the widely syndicated and extra-ordinarily funny socio-political cartoon strip. At times, Dilbert cartoons are disturbing for being rather too closely about people we know and work with, despite the cartoons being very surreal and strange. Dilbert is a white-collar worker with an over-starched tie, which never bends down straight for him. He works in Cubeville, a morally suspect IT company with an open plan contempt for private office space. Everyone works in wall-free cubes, easily visible to each other and their supervisors. The effect is to give an atmosphere to the workplace bordering on soul destroying. His main boss, known simply as Pointy-Haired Boss is a foolish, tyrannical and greedy figure. His fellow workers include Alice, a woman who constantly seems likely to punch people out at any moment, Wally, a lazy ineffectual employee who somehow gets through his entire career without actually doing anything. The Human resources director is Dilbert’s own pet cat, Catbert, and he is utterly evil. A dog, called Dogbert is a genius that offers guidance counselling courses of no value or merit at exorbitant costs. Even a rat called Ratbert, though a target for ridicule by Dogbert fares better than Dilbert does. There are other recurring characters, such as the Dinosaur in the basement, who has proved to be very good at hiding rather than extinct, In the Dilbert world, everyone fares better at work, darting and life in general than Dilbert, even his pets and things that shouldn’t exist. The insight into office politics and even international effects of management greed are amazing. Dilbert is frequently sent to a Third world swamp country called Elbnia, where the company he works for buys outmoded computer software from people who live in waist deep mud, and generally mess up the orders to get their revenge on their capitalist oppressors. The Dilbert cartoon series becomes highly controversial in some offices where staff has been disciplined for reading them or pinning a Dilbert cartoon of the day to office notice boards. Anyone who works in IT or any other kind of corporate business will recognize Dilbert’s worlds immediately, and feel inclined to both laugh and cry. http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/dilbert/
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