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Dawn of the Dumb: Dispatches from the Idiotic Frontline [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Brooker
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Polite, pensive, mature, reserved ...Charlie Brooker is none of these things and less. Picking up where his hilarious Screen Burn left off, Dawn of the Dumb collects the best of Charlie Brooker's recent TV writing, together with uproarious spleen-venting diatribes on a range of non-televisual subjects - tackling everything from David Cameron to human hair.

Rude, unhinged, outrageous, and above all funny, Dawn of the Dumb is essential reading for anyone with a brain and a spinal cord. And hands for turning the pages.

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"'This belongs on everyone's bookshelf. With a big spotlight pointing at it.' Praise for Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn, Julie Burchill"

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The latest from Charlie Brooker, 'the funniest newspaper columnist in the world' (Racing Post) - includes in-depth coverage of Celebrity Big Brother 2007.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction (19 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI91H6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charlie Brooker has worked as a writer, journalist, cartoonist and television and radio presenter.

Recent television credits include: You Have Been Watching, Screenwipe, which won a Royal Television Society award, and Newswipe. Charlie also wrote and produced Dead Set, a BAFTA-nominated satirical horror drama for Channel 4. Other TV writing credits include the 11 O'Clock Show and the Brass Eye Paedophilia Special.

Charlie is well-known for his weekly columns in The Guardian and recently won The Press Awards' columnist of the year.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scabrous and Hilarious 8 Feb. 2008
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Dawn of the Dumb, the latest collection of Charlie Brooker's writing from the Guardian and the Observer confirms his position of the master of the celebrity insult. Only a man who can describe racing pundit John McCririck as lookign like a partially shaved womble deserves to be awarded that status, and that man is Brooker.

His talents don't end pouring scorn on Z-list 'celebs' (and A-Y List ones too if they deserve it). If you like your humour blacker than pitch, cynical and served with a side order of general loathing he is also your man. With some of his columns causing uncontrolled public chuckling, Brooker is a genuinely funny writer about a wide variety of subjects (although if you have no interest in contemporary popular culture and specifically TV you might want to give this a miss). He's also an equal opportunity insulter, with anyone and anything considered by him a legitimate target for his laser sharp and withering scorn.

Of course his eternal cynicism or his sense of humour will not appeal to everyone. These things are subjective after all. Equally some of the collected columns and articles are stronger than others. Finally it should be said that Dawn of the Dumb is not really a book to be read from cover to cover in one sitting; it is more the sort of book you dip into whilst on a break from reading something else to have a giggle and find yourself secretly agreeing with Brooker's views on life.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One to dip into rather than read cover-to-cover 29 Sept. 2010
It's hard to know how to comment on this book. On the one hand, I thought it was screamingly funny when I started reading it. Charlie Brooker is the master of the original and entertaining insult and he's prepared to describe segments of society as stupid, boring, useless and generally give voice to all the frustrations we feel with the rubbish we face every day and say the things that we would love (but simply wouldn't dare) to have said ourselves. He does it very well. Extremely well, in fact. I can't think of anyone who does it better.

The problem is that that's pretty well all he does and by the time I got halfway through this collection of articles I was desperately willing him to say something new rather than simply come up with another outrageous metaphor for how stupid Big Brother contestants are. So I really enjoyed the first half of the book but the second half was a real struggle. With hindsight, it would have been a good book to dip into. As it is, I ended up feeling that it was very samey -- you don't notice this in a weekly newspaper column as you have seven days to reset yourself but presented all at once there feels like there's a distinct lack of variety.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
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Those aren't my words (sadly) but Brooker's uncanny description of Jade Goody's mother Jackiey. There's no doubting this Guardian journalist and co-creator of Nathan Barley has a way with the entertaining insult. From Nigella Lawson to Jamie Oliver to Jeremy Kyle, if their mug has appeared on TV then Charlie Brooker is almost certain to be slagging it off in some of the most inventively evil prose imaginable. Adrien Brody is 'a cross between Ross from Friends and a disappointed sundial'. I mean, really, that's genius. When Brooker's good, he's really good. I almost choked on my tea. 'Anne Robinson's face now appears so tight and Botoxed she seems to be pushing it through the taut skin of a tambourine'. I laughed until my ribcage ached.

The whole book isn't this funny, though. Which is good in a way because it gears you up for the really hilarious bits (and stops your cheek muscles from going into spasm). A quote from points out that he's not 'a one trick pony', but he kind of is, to be honest. That's not necessarily a problem, though - it depends on the trick. If you found a pony that did nothing but wash your dishes, you might not mind if it only knew the one trick. To compare Brooker to Chris (typed Christ first of all) Morris, his Nathan Barley writing partner, is to lose sight of the fact that Morris is a true innovator without whom etc etc, while Brooker is basically a curmudgeonly git, albeit the funniest one in the universe. He's like those two old men in the audience of the Muppet Show, with their white whiskery faces, heckling away. It's not just the gogglebox he loathes, but a variety of other random elements that impinge on his universe. He's spot on most of the time, except for the fact he hates kids and Macs, two things I'm especially fond of.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genius? No. Hilarious? Yes. 10 Mar. 2009
It seems that readers of a certain age believe that Brooker is some kind of genius because of the deluge of vitriol he produces and his rather overwhelming "I hate everything!" attitude. This book is a collection of his newspaper columns, arranged in chronological order, and is better when dipped into than read in one go like a novel, as the anger and range can be a little overpowering when consumed in long sittings.

However, it cannot be argued that Brooker is an excellent journalist who just happens to be hysterically funny. When I read this book on holiday there were several occasions where I had to put it down as I was laughing so much, and on the rare occasion he finds something he likes you actually find yourself yearning for something to come along which angers him as this is when he is most entertaining. I particularly loved his analysis of the character of Paul Danan in "Celebrity Love Island", the alternative title for which made me laugh half a cup of tea out of my nose and cannot be reproduced here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before he turned to goo!
These old articles show Charlie Brooker at his best. Witty Charlie showed anger to power and he came across as a real underdog. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Halifax Student Account
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always Charlie at his cutting him!
Published 5 months ago by RUTH D TREBILCOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pure misanthropy, served up in tasty bite-sized chunks. Delicious.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The section where he discusses Sharon Osbourne's unsettlingly close...
The section where he discusses Sharon Osbourne's unsettlingly close flirtation on one of those horrendous TV talent abbatoirs is side splitting.
Published 10 months ago by Captain Haddock
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read Dawn of The Dumb, The Hell of It All and I Can ...
I've read Dawn of The Dumb, The Hell of It All and I Can Make You Hate several times now. And I have to say the Dawn of The Dumb is my favourite. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Crazylarry
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle edition lacks apostrophes
In the translation of the book from book to e-book, the text has lost all apostrophes which is rather irritating if you are into the whole grammar thing.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. T. Morris
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, and slightly offensive
I was really disappointed with this book, and now with Brooker in general.

I have really enjoyed Charlie Brooker's appearances of TV, both as a comedy show panellist and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stephanie Jenner
4.0 out of 5 stars Ranting at its best
Really funny, well I thought so!
Some laugh out loud rants here, some of the TV stuff is a bit dated now, but still good
Nice line in ascerbic comments, if you like "Have... Read more
Published on 12 Jun. 2013 by Peter Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Put off by the sample
I love Brooker and thoroughly enjoyed I Can Make You Hate, so when I downloaded a sample of this book I was expecting good things. Read more
Published on 29 May 2013 by Mr. P. R. Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the punctuation
I tried to write my title with no apostrophes but spellchecker wouldn't let me. No such problem with this edition.
Published on 19 April 2013 by Fluffy
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