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The Dilbert Future : Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century
     

The Dilbert Future : Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century

by Scott Adams (Illustrator)
 
In The Dilbert Principle and current bestseller Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, Scott Adams skewers the absurdities of today's corporate world. Now he takes the next step, turning his keen analytical focus on how human greed, stupidity and horniness will shape the future.

With this book, Adams follows in the footsteps of other

Overview

In The Dilbert Principle and current bestseller Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, Scott Adams skewers the absurdities of today's corporate world. Now he takes the next step, turning his keen analytical focus on how human greed, stupidity and horniness will shape the future.

With this book, Adams follows in the footsteps of other great futurists, i.e., sitting at home making stuff up that can't be proven wrong for many years. Featuring the same mix of essays and cartoons that made The Dilbert Principle so uniquely entertaining, The Dilbert Future offers predictions on business, technology, society and government. Nobody is spared this time. Some predictions:

Children: They are our future, so we're pretty much hosed. Tip: Grab what you can while they're still too little to stop us.

Human Potential: We'll finally learn to use the 90 percent of the brain we don't use today, and find out that there wasn't anything in that part.

Longevity: We'll all live to 140. The Olympics will expand to include new events such as Complaining and Slow Driving.

Computers: Technology and homeliness will combine to form a powerful type of birth control.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Countless people look forward to the morning paper because it contains a Dilbert comic strip, a fine way to start the day on a cheerful note. But recently, at least as evidenced by this book, Adams's humor has developed into something snide and derogatory. He sees most people as "induhviduals." Perhaps he is boredjust as we all will become, he declares here, when everything is shared, via the Internet and new developments in video technology. Reading his book piecemeal, one catches more of the facetious humor. Among the 65 predictions here, Adams echoes many scholars in forecasting a work force of freelance experts doing contract work. He hits the target again when he dubs telephone marketing "confusopoly" because it serves only to befuddle the customer about price, since all companies provide essentially the same service. But one wonders why he bothers tackling certain areas, as in Prediction 59: "In the future, there will be drive-through pet-care facilities." Much of the work reiterates George W.S. Trow's conclusion that our civilization is growing increasingly trivial. Therefore, Adams's inclusion of a recommendation for making dreams come truewriting down one's wishes 15 times each dayis bizarre, suggestive of Cou's 1920s maxim that "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752272214
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
10/06/2000
Edition description:
New

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Danville, California
Date of Birth:
June 8, 1957
Place of Birth:
Catskill, New York
Education:
B.A., Hartwick College, 1979; M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1986

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