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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.
Unfortunately, Charlie Brooker was never a true vintage, but fools bladder, and so, as he aged, he turned rancid and morphed into a nasty rich man, (or was he revealing his true colours?), Ill explain. But first, allow me to describe the old Charlie Brooker's style.
In his first ever his Screen Wipe program on BBC, Charlie Brooker defended a poor girl working in a takeaway, on the minimum wage, and he rightfully scolded the snobbish best'ard criticising her. These days, celebrities, comedians and MP's attack the poor and fetishize hard toil for the workers, and it's even seen as trendy. And here's Charlie Brooker defending a poor takeaway girl. Excellent.
I can't remember the exact scene, but Charlie Brooker, standing up for the girl, and with the BBC behind him, says to the snob, something like, "Well what else do you expect, a tit feed"? 'Do you want her to tit feed your baby"? " You're a pr'ck and she's on minimum wage"!!! Something like that.
Anyway, this was Charlie's Style.
Fast forward about 15 years into the future and Charlie Brooker writes a tasty piece about a worker in a store, he jokes about the wage slave, looking like a wage chimp! Charlie even made it sound funny, he worded his observation into a funny joke!!
Gone was the nobility of the sitarist, gone was the telling it to power. Like in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Charlie Brooker has changed.Read more ›
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.
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 SpikeMagazine.com 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.Read more ›
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Pure misanthropy, served up in tasty bite-sized chunks. Delicious.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
The section where he discusses Sharon Osbourne's unsettlingly close flirtation on one of those horrendous TV talent abbatoirs is side splitting.Published 19 months ago by Captain Haddock
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 morePublished 22 months ago by Crazylarry
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 on 20 Jan. 2014 by Mr. T. Morris
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
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