November 25, 2017

Dilbert creator Scott Adams busted for using online pseudonym

A cartoon might be funny, but be careful what you say in blogs eh Scott.

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has been busted for using a fake online pseudonym to defend himself against increasingly harsh criticsim in the dog eat dog world of cyber-chat.

Celebrities have become increasingly sensitive to thousands of amateur critics being able to publish whatever opinions they like about celebrities.

In the old pre-internet days only the elite few journalists and critics were worthy enough to comment on famous individuals. Now anyone can have a crack at the ‘famous ones’.

Dilbert is a phenomenally successful syndicated cartoon that is adored around the world especially by those inhabiting offices of large organisations.

Scott Adams has obviously got tired of siting back at taking the hits while his work and reputation are shreded online.

He has taken action hitting the message boards as the mysterious “PlannedChaos” and boldly defending Scott Adams.

After a number of skirmishes on the MetaFilter website and seeing himself swimming against the tide, Adams was eventually fingered by other users and confessed.

Rather than fade back into the shadows and ride out the cyber-storm, Adams instead published a lengthy justification of his actions on his own website Monday afternoon in the form of a Q&A with PlannedChaos.

“According to the wise and fair denizens of the Internet,” Adams wrote, “this behavior is proof that I am a thin-skinned, troll … ego maniac … misogynist,” and a number of other epithets not fit for publication on this website. “That list might sound bad to you,” he continued, “but keep in mind that I was starting from a pretty low base, so I think my reputation is trending up.”

He then proceeded to offer some “proper context” for the scandal.

“Obviously an alias can be used for evil just as easily as it can be used to clear up simple factual matters. A hammer can be used to build a porch or it can be used to crush your neighbor’s skull. Don’t hate the tool,” he wrote. “The next thing to consider is that in my line of work, some types of rumors can cause economic damage to hundreds of people in the so-called value chain. The stakes are high. I know from experience that when a rumor flares up that says, for example, I’m affiliated with one particular interest group or another, the people who hate that group will stop reading Dilbert comics.”

Newswarped thinks that whatever we may think of Scott Adams, his cartoon is a modern classic. There is no way in satire that everyone is going to be happy. Adams probably just has to accept that some will love him and others will hate him. Both emotions might have little basis in fact, but they are held as correct by those that hold them. That is what message boards are all about.

Comments

  1. in the introduction in one of his books he says that, please don’t write hate mail because I don’t believe in what I wrote… a christian book for people who can fight even harder now against people who simply don’t believe in the christian religion. (god’s debris)