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Varun Khanna
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Scott Adams's depiction of IIT grads in the United States, in his daily cartoon strip Dilbert.Check out
this link
[ September 16, 2003: Message edited by: varun Khanna ]

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frank davis
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Originally posted by varun Khanna:
Scott Adams's depiction of IIT grads in the United States, in his daily cartoon strip Dilbert.Check out
this link
[ September 16, 2003: Message edited by: varun Khanna ]

Do you find this insulting, slightly insulting, yet amusing, or just amusing?
Tarun Sukhani
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Originally posted by herb slocomb:

Do you find this insulting, slightly insulting, yet amusing, or just amusing?

Actually, I just found it inane, kind of sophomoric. Seems like Scott Adams is restraining himself so as not to appear offensive.
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I'm not part of the "target group" of course, but it didn't strike me as as offensive at all. I mean, most everyone gets skewered to some extent in Dilbert; IIT got off pretty well. (So far at least.) If anything the implication that Ashok actually can heat tea that way is rather impressive.


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Ashok Mash
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
If anything the implication that Ashok actually can heat tea that way is rather impressive.

I thought it was funny!(And yeah, Thanks for posting it here in JR, now my entire team is asking me how do I heat tea!!


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frank davis
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Originally posted by Tintin Herge:
.. But you blow your fuse sometimes specially when people stereotype/depict Indians as cheap , stupid geeks who dont understand anything except the task at hand , is just pathetic...

I don't think there is , or was any attempt at, any sterotype of Indians as "stupid". I never heard of such a sterotype in my nearly 10 years of IT. If there is any sterotype in existence, its that Indians are smart and good workers. I think the cartoon only makes any sense at all viewed in context of Indians having a sterotype of being superior and perhaps some type of obscure reference to powers (siddhis being the the technical term I think) being developed through Yoga. I know some people resent even postitive sterotypes (can't understand why), so that's why I asked my original question (and also to see how others understand the humor).
Steve Wink
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Personally I interpreted the joke being that he was so smart that he almost had superhuman powers ( and knew it. )
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Originally posted by Tintin Herge:

Either Scott Adam's wife is sleeping with an IIT guy or his Publisher just told him that his job is being out-sourced to India.
Tintin

I thought that Scott Adams got ideas for jokes from readers' real life experiences that they email in, so if anything the cartoon is reflecting whats going on in US corporate life at the moment.
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I have seen some IIT grads cooking rice,curry on their chests in LRT in San Jose.
Badriprasad Bumbabol
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Guess I blew my fuse. I am getting short-tempered.
Apologies.
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Fairly small-minded piece of humor in my opinion. Then again, if you've seen Scott's wife Stacy you might guess why his work doesn't get as much attention as it used to.


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To be honest, I didn't even get what the joke is about Some context that I am missing?


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Ashok Mash
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Originally posted by Mumbai cha bhau:
To be honest, I didn't even get what the joke is about Some context that I am missing?

This may be the missing bit: Dilbert Characters Page : Asok
Bhau Mhatre
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i know the characters, but .. never mind!
sunitha reghu
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This one also funny
check this
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Originally posted by Mumbai cha bhau:
To be honest, I didn't even get what the joke is about Some context that I am missing?


I think the joke was on IITians being too intellectual.[which I think they are.]
As I cant see the face of Scott[face expression and tone will decide actually what he wants to convey], otherwise it is good


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R K Singh
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Originally posted by Ashok Krishnan:
This may be the missing bit: Dilbert Characters Page : Asok

After reading Ashok's character .. I think it was really good
BTW when it was introduced, this is first time I seeing him.
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How horrible! How can anybody struggle under the yoke of being stereotyped as intellectually brilliant.


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Mark Ju
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I don't think there are ever "positive" stereotypes. If I stereotype you as being intelligent, perhaps I'd be inclined to also stereotype you as lacking elsewhere.
However, IIT is akin to a special interest group (ie, chess club, football team) and not a protected group (based on race, gender, sexual orientation), etc. Therefore, while I don't find the comic extremely humorous, I do not find it extremely insulting either (then again, I didn't graduate from IIT).
Varun Khanna
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Originally posted by herb slocomb:

Do you find this insulting, slightly insulting, yet amusing, or just amusing?

None of the above !!!
Confusing !!!
cuz if he was really referring to IIT's thn it sud have been "Indian Institute of Technology" rather thn "India Insti.... "
but thn i reckon he knew tht IITians r smart enuf to make out tht they r been referred to ...
... now tht doesn't suggest tht all those ppl who make it out r IITians .. !!

in my opinion this strip is more COMPLEX (may be in the X+iY form)
thn it looks :roll:
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David O'Meara
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Wow, your keyboard must be broken. :roll:
Mani Ram
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Originally posted by varun Khanna:

None of the above !!!
Confusing !!!
cuz if he was really referring to IIT's thn it sud have been "Indian Institute of Technology" rather thn "India Insti.... "
but thn i reckon he knew tht IITians r smart enuf to make out tht they r been referred to ...
... now tht doesn't suggest tht all those ppl who make it out r IITians .. !!

in my opinion this strip is more COMPLEX (may be in the X+iY form)
thn it looks :roll:
[ September 17, 2003: Message edited by: varun Khanna ]

Indian -> India is much much better than
because -> cuz
then -> thn
should -> sud
that -> tht
enough -> enuf
r -> are
ppl - > people
stuff tht u hve typd (Woof...!)


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Varun Khanna
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
Wow, your keyboard must be broken. :roll:

no .. not really !!!
the blame must go to the these instant messenger chatting also ...
 
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