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Scott, It's Just Not Funny!!
on 30 November 1998
I'm a big fan of Dilbert and believe that Scott Adams is a genius for developing a comic strip that is geared to the white collar, never-going-to-be-an-executive world. His comic strips are generally hilarious and very accurate of the corporate world (even when he exaggerates). I'm a big fan of Scott Adams, the cartoonist.
However, I am rapidly starting to sour on Scott Adams, the author. His first book, The Dilbert Principle, was a masterpiece that gave humorous insight into the corporate world and the idiotic things that occur there. But his three succeeding books, including the most recent, The Joy of Work, are nothing more than Scott Adams' attempt to write book-length comedy routines that frankly aren't very funny. He provides unrealistic ways to deal with co-workers and, in this book, wastes a lot of time trying to tell you that in order to be funny, your attempt at humor must contain 2 of 6 elements. This chapter on humor, which is over 60 pages long (1/4th of the book) and goes on ad nauseum for just about every two element combination, is a total waste and is included only to make the book a reasonable length to make into a hardback and sell for $25 (adding about 100 Dilbert strips helps extend it as well).
I have seen this book already being sold in bookstores at 50% off. I wish I had waited.
I really wish Scott Adams would focus his energy on making cartoons that make us laugh instead of half-baked books that are about as interesting as say, a meeting with a pointy-haired boss.