The Trouble With Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets the Last Laugh

By: Norman Solomon

Most readers assume Dilbert is on their side in a tough workaday world. But Dilbert is a fraud. Are you surprised that Dilbert’s creator, Scott Adams, actually favors downsizing? Are you suspicious when Xerox uses Dilbert in its employee handbook as an offbeat sugary coating to help the corporate medicine go down? Are you tired of the sweeping portrayal of office workers as lazy idiots? Of the running gags that stay inside the moat of the corporate castle? Do you worry when “rebellion” and “revolution” are redefined as the ability to overcome corporate bureaucracy to make more money for your boss? Do you wonder why Dilbert avoids tackling so many real problems at work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll find Solomon’s funny and brazen attack on one of the world’s most popular working-world characters more refreshing than a trip to the water cooler.

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