A Quote From Scott Adams

Scott Adams is the creator of the surreal syndicated comic strip Dilbert, the strip which pokes fun at the stresses and indignities of modern corporate cubicle life. His subject matter is so far removed from my life that it might as well be science fiction, but I do enjoy Adams’ humor.

Adams writes for a blog which is available from his web-site. The posts are well-written and self-deprecating essays — somehow I get the feeling that he spends more time writing blog posts than he does working on the strip. Here’s a quote from a post which appeared on November 8th:

If you live in the United States, you probably have an opinion on the best way to reduce the deficit. And you probably know almost nothing about the topic. I certainly fall into that category.

If you listen to pundits and politicians, you’re getting your information from professional liars. If you’re reading books, you’re getting your information from professional liars who also write well. If you read newspapers and magazines, you’re getting only the information that someone has decided will be good for sales. If you say you “do your own research,” you’re probably a liar, possibly an idiot, and maybe some sort of analytical genius. And frankly, I can’t tell you guys apart.

Prior to the last presidential election, as a public service, I commissioned my own survey of economists to see what they thought of the big issues. I learned that the experts are all over the map on most questions. Can you feel comfortable holding an opinion in which 40% of the experts disagree?

The blog is where Adams can say things which would not be acceptable in a newspaper, for various reasons. The archives of the blog can be read here:

Scott Adams’ Blog

Take a look!

Larry

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “A Quote From Scott Adams

  1. Leslie

    Hi Larry – I thought this was interesting. As a cubicle dweller myself, I do enjoy Dilbert! I hadn’t been aware of his blog. I’ll probably bookmark it.

  2. Virginia

    I’ve never been a cubicle dweller, but some of the Dilbert principles leak into all sorts of work situations. Scott Adam’s blog is priceless. Thanks Larry.

  3. Joan

    His blog is vastly different from the universal truths of his cartoons. Still pretty spot on but political and very serious. Thanks Larry!

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