It's Not Funny If I Have to Explain It

It's Not Funny If I Have to Explain It

Book - 2004
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Office workers, cubicle squatters, and corporate drones everywhere read Dilbert in their morning papers and see their own bosses and coworkers in the frames of the strip, enacting on newsprint the weird rituals and bizarre activities that are conducted each day in the American workplace. The characters' names and hairstyles have been changed to protect their identities, but Dilbert's readers aren't fooled. After all, they spend every day with these idiots and lunatics.

Jargon-spewing corporate zombies. The sociopath who checks voice mail on his speaker phone. The fascist information systems guy. The sadistic human resources director. The technophobic vice president. The power-mad executive assistant. The pursed-lip sycophant. The big stubborn dumb guy. They're Dilbert's coworkers, and chances are they're yours, too. If you know them, work with them, or dialogue with them about leveraging synergies to maximize shareholder value, then you'll recognize this comic strip as a day at the office, only funnier!

Since 1989 Dilbert has lampooned not only the people but also the accepted conventions and practices of the business world. Office politics, management trends, business travel, personnel policies, corporate bureaucracy, irrational strategies, unfathomable accounting practices, unproductive meetings, dysfunctional organizations, oppressive work spaces, silly protocols, and inscrutable jargon are all targets of Adams's darkly goofy satirical pen. Dilbert strikes a deeply resonant chord with fans because it casts such a dead-on reflection of the realities of the white-collar workplace, even with its off-the-wall delivery.

It's Not Funny If I Have to Explain It, features Adams's personal all-time favorite selections, along with his own handwritten commentary about the strips.
Publisher: Kansas City, Mo. : Andrews McMeel Pub., c2004.
ISBN: 9780740746581
0740746588
Characteristics: 240 p. :,chiefly ill. (some col.) ;,28 cm.

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rslade
Oct 21, 2011

The conceit that all the strips have an explanation doesn't add all that much. This is not one of Adams' funnier collections.

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pie
Jun 26, 2008

I love this one because under each black and white comic strip would be an "explanation" written in red ink.

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Jun 26, 2008

pie thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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