You might only know him as “that guy who draws the Dilbert cartoons that my coworkers keep plastering their cubes with”, but Scott Adams is a remarkable individual. He’s a former Mensa member (presumably the resemblance between the Mensans and his cartoon characters proved overwhelming), a syndicated cartoonist for over 20 years, and a published author of several interesting books.
While I could go on for hours about his work in The Dilbert Principle or How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, today we’re looking at his blog presence.
One might think that Scott Adams would blog about tech trends business, or at least his craft, and there is certainly some of that. Since the new year, he’s posted an article titled “Writing Tips for Humorists” complete with video tutorial for how he draws his strips. However, there’s certainly much more than that.
Scott Adams was among the first to both predict and explain Donald Trump’s current political popularity. He has posted a full fifteen archive pages on Trump (which starts here at time of writing), all analyzing his tactics and persuasive abilities. He’s put together a whole series on what he calls the “Master Persuader” hypothesis, which seeks to explain the reasons why Trump can continue to say whatever he wants and keep rising in the polls. For fun, here’s a link to Adams’ analysis of whether Trump is really Fascist.
That’s hardly all he has to say on the subject of politics, however. Take a look at some recent post titles:
- A Voter’s Guide to Thinking – An explanation for those who tend to be over-zealous and under-analytic
- Is the United States a Patriarchy or a Matriarchy (and Part II) – An in-depth analysis
- How to Beat ISIS with a Hoax – An explanation of how a distracting lie can help crumble any movement
- President Obama: Wizard or Failure – Key Quote: “Don’t get your opinions on world politics from a cartoonist”
Not into politics? Adams is also a trained classical hypnotist with years of experience. In addition to his whole “master persuader” series analyzing the persuasive techniques of Trump, he’s got information on how to craft a five-word tweet in order to go viral and tips for creating a different viral tweet. He also explains how a hypnotist would deal with ISIS (hint: it’s part of Trump’s platform) and has a pattern to hypnotize you for the best new year ever.
Why so much Trump? Honestly, I had to go through 15 pages of Trump tags to get to his first post, and that was from LAST AUGUST. Adams is a very prolific blogger with a very powerful mind.
Ease of Access
I’m not overwhelmed with Adams’ blog layout. I wanted to go back a ways to find more of his older content, but there are hundreds of posts in there. A tag listing, a page of favorite posts or topics, or just a way to search the blog goes a long way.
That said, once you do find the content you’re looking for, the read is fairly easy. If you understand any of the jokes in his daily strip (hosted at the same site – go figure), you can read his posts. They tend to be a few hundred words long, and his unique wit bleeds through to produce a quick, entertaining, and informative read.
His take on modern politics, from the standpoint of a humorist and a hypnotist, is unlike anything I’ve read elsewhere. One unique mind that should be on your regular blogroll.