Decline and Fall

August 7, 2007

What happened to Scott Adams? Is he trying to become the Mel Gibson of cartoonists? You remember how Mel started out as a very hip and cool actor who appeared in good and even great movies, then it became apparent there was something a little . . . off about the guy. So a career that began with The Road Warrior, The Year of Living Dangerously and The Bounty ended up with iterations of Lethal Weapon and, ick, The Passion of the Christ

The earliest incarnation of Dilbert wasn’t exclusively jokes about moronic bosses and awful co-workers — there was air in it for absurdist humor outside the cubicle. Then Adams found the anti-corporate jokes got the biggest response, so every day Dilbert became another chance to watch Scott Adams take a dump on the pointy-haired boss or the weasely guy in the next cubicle. The schtick really got tiresome when Adams started churning out books like The Dilbert Principle –talk about diluting your brand.

So now Adams wants to wade into the theism-atheism debate, except even the shallow end seems to be above his head. It’s sad, really. I never found Pascal’s Wager to be terribly impressive, personally, and even less so when it’s used by a cartoonist way past his prime.    


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