April 27, 2016
Does mockery work? Alas, Scott Adams says yes.
SDA has been linking to Adams’ analysis of Trump’s campaign, which he says proves Trump can win. That stuff is pretty cool.
I’m late with this, but Adams also weighed in on Bono’s “send in the clowns” anti-ISIS strategy. (I wrote about it at Taki’s.)
Read the whole thing but here’s Adams:
How powerful is mocking as a tool of persuasion? It’s hard to say, but if you look at the growth of business books in the 1990s you might find that the growth stopped at about the same time Dilbert came on the scene and mercilessly mocked the industry. Maybe the business book industry had just run its course. Maybe it was a coincidence. But I can tell you I have gotten hundreds of email messages from managers and authors who say they cancelled plans because they imagined how those plans would sound when mocked in a Dilbert comic.
Mocking is powerful force. And it has special power among the young.
Could we mock ISIS out of existence, thus killing it as an idea?
I say yes. I’m with Bono. Take him seriously.
Of course, this reminds me of Gandhi admitting that, yeah, his tactics worked against the British but never would have with the Nazis. And as craven and stupid as lots of businessmen can be, they really aren’t comparable to ISIS.
If Adams is as wrong about this as he is about Trump, America is (more) screwed.