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Very Disappointed in Dilbert

 
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I had always been sympathetic to Dilbert's difficulties with women. Recent cartoons show him finally getting the attentions he deserves, thanks to the bad economic times. In response, though, he has become an unsympathetic jerk.
 
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I paged through the last week or so's comics and didn't see anything out of character. Are you sure he didn't get the girl BECAUSE he's a jerk?
 
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Joe Ess wrote:I paged through the last week or so's comics and didn't see anything out of character. Are you sure he didn't get the girl BECAUSE he's a jerk?



No, the woman is interested in him because he has a job (and hair and is tall).

He used to complain that women did not appreciate him, even though he is intelligent, preferring stupid people (represented by folks in marketing).

So now, women are going after him because he has a job -- which he has because he is intelligent -- and he doesn't like that, either.

Also, they showed Dilbert's reluctance to shake hands with the woman's mother without first questioning whether she might have been exposed to Ebola, and when his date tried to hug him on New Year's Eve he questioned the rationality of such typical New Years Eve behavior.

To summarize, in the past cartoons showed the unfair the oppressiveness of women's lack of appreciation of nerds. In recent cartoons, in contrast, they upped Dilbert's autistic traits to the point that one sympathizes with the women who had long rejected him -- and their current desperation.
 
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They mostly show that life is full of irony and that instead of being grateful when the wheel turns around, we become what we ourselves despised about the people on the top when we were the ones on the bottom.

Dilbert has had many cases where a character, given a little power, turned evil. Just about all of them, at one time or another.

Sometimes a cigar is just a nasty stinking combusting mass of vegetative matter.
 
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Frank Silbermann wrote: In recent cartoons, in contrast, they upped Dilbert's autistic traits to the point that one sympathizes with the women who had long rejected him -- and their current desperation.



I can see your point with the dynamics of the current setup but Dilbert's always been pretty tone-deaf with social situations (especially dates):







and so on and on and on

There's been previous looks into the motivation of females who would suffer his presence, like these:





I guess I see this story line as a variation on a common Dilbert theme. And I like Tim's spin on it, that one is never happy.
 
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Frank Silbermann wrote:
To summarize, in the past cartoons showed the unfair the oppressiveness of women's lack of appreciation of nerds. In recent cartoons, in contrast, they upped Dilbert's autistic traits to the point that one sympathizes with the women who had long rejected him -- and their current desperation.



That's kinda true with all long running stories / shows / etc. The characters have to develop -- or it is the same sets of jokes over and over again. Granted there will be some fans that won't accept it, and leave, but the goal is to retain the majority of fans while developing the characters to grow the fan base.

Take one of my favorite shows for instance, .ie "Big Bang Theory". Seven years ago, the jokes were about the awkwardness of being able to go to a party so they can talk to girls, while these days, it is about the awkwardness of holding their girlfriends' purses when they take them shopping. Big changes, yet, it is still funny...

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I find that this is the one subject where Dilbert is way off. Adam's portrayal of workplace absurdity is on the mark, but as I've gained more experience in the world, I've realized more and more that his portrayal of women has been pretty consistently shallow and insulting. I used to love Dilbert; now it makes me cringe as much as it makes me laugh.

Women are not the Borg Collective, all behaving the same way.

Women are human beings, with thoughts and feelings of their own.

Plenty of women are nerds (and nobody notices).

Being unable to find a lady friend is not the end of the world.

Nobody "deserves" another person. A modicum for respect is deserved, actually being liked is earned.

Sure it's hard being a nerdy guy. Being a woman, especially a nerdy woman, is a lot harder.
 
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