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The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Scott Adams

Series: Dilbert

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Title:The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century
Authors:Scott Adams
Info:Harper Business (1997), Hardcover, 258 pages
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Hysterical. And true. Adams' insights into the working world are unmatched. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 30, 2013 |
Reading Scott Adams at length is like reading the output of a thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters. Mostly garbage, with the occasional line of insight. So it goes with The Dilbert Future... http://icantstopreading.blogspot.com/2008/03/dilbert-future-by-scott-adams.html
  lorelorn_2008 | Jan 5, 2011 |
The section on downsizing really grabbed me. A really appropriate book for these days of high unemployment and angst. Great book, really on target and funny ( )
  carterchristian1 | Sep 21, 2010 |
Scott Adams is a cartoonist. He is not a stand-up comedian nor is he Dave Barry, though this book makes it quite clear that he really wants to be. Still, there is a reason he tells jokes in three-panel comic strips instead of 30-minute monologues. Here he addresses various aspects of life and makes tongue-in-cheek predictions, interspersed with Dilbert cartoons. It was obviously written in sections rather than as a whole, and the entire time all I could think about was how much more fitting these musings would be in somebody's blog than a hardbound tome published by Harper Business, especially since so many of the predictions have gone out of date since its publication (such as his erroneous predictions for the futures of the cable modem and ISDN). There were some vaguely amusing parts but nothing was anywhere near laugh-out-loud funny, and I had to yawn a bit at the tired "women really rule the world" section - that idea was beaten to death decades ago and hasn't gotten any funnier in the meantime. Frankly, the most humorous parts were the cartoons, and if I wanted to read those I could have just picked up a collection.

The final chapter, "A New View of the Future," was inappropriate in this context. For this section Adams "turned the humor mode off" and discussed his personal philosophies. They were interesting but did not fit whatsoever with the rest of the book. His ideas on perception and cause and effect would also have been much more compelling had he bothered to actually research any of the theories and experiments he mentioned. I understand that the goal of this section was nothing more than to make the reader think about the universe a little differently, but it would have been much more effective had he spent an hour at the library finding a couple of references to cite. Saying things like "I'll simplify the explanation, probably getting the details wrong in the process, but you'll get the general idea" does not instill in me a desire to take him very seriously. That said, I am giving thought to trying out those affirmations.

Despite the incongruity of the chapter, I still enjoyed it about as much as I did the rest of the book, but for different reasons (the first part was vaguely amusing, the second vaguely intriguing). Ultimately this felt like a Dilbert collection trying to be a Dave Barry book. I think I'll stick with the comic strips from now on. ( )
  melydia | Oct 28, 2009 |
I was given this book by my father when I was 16, I had never been in an office so had no frame of reference. I still found it hilarious. ( )
  stephenmakin | Jul 7, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 088730866X, Hardcover)

Move over, Faith Popcorn! Cartoonist Scott Adams is back in book form, and this time he gives Dilbert and his cronies a free hand to forecast the trends that just might drive business and society during the next millennium. In typical Adams fashion, The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century serves up a series of laugh-out-loud predictions on technology, marketing, work, jobs, gender relations, and even the future of democracy and capitalism.

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Presents a humorous look at how human greed, stupidity, and lust will shape the future, offering predictions on business, society, government, human potential, and technology.

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