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Dawn of the Dumb Paperback – November 1, 2007
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"'This belongs on everyone's bookshelf. With a big spotlight pointing at it.' Praise for Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn, Julie Burchill"
About the Author
Charlie Brooker created the notorious website TV Go Home. More recently, he co-wrote Channel 4's Nathan Barley with Chris Morris. Before becoming Guardian Guide's TV Critic, Brooker worked as a cartoonist, a videogames 'journalist', and a TV and radio presenter.
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As in, it's absolutely brilliant.
Brooker attacks about every facet of British and some American television from Celebrity Big Brother (featuring no celebrities) to the occasional house-destroying special on Eastenders.
Brooker's rabid frothing is dotted with amazing and addicting humor. As someone who's a terrible reader (I read, maybe, a book or two a year) I read a few pages a night and have a hard time putting it down.
As for the book itself, rather than being a story or autobiography, it's a collection of Brooker's articles written for The Guardian. Though,it should be known that Brooker uses a lot of hyperbole, so some of his words must be taken with a grain of salt, such as when he expresses an intense dislike for children. Just remember MST3K mantra, or a variant thereof, and you'll be good to go.
Unfortunately, Charlie Brooker was never a true vintage, but fools bladder, and so, as he aged, he turned rancid and morphed into a nasty rich man, (or was he revealing his true colours?), Ill explain. But first, allow me to describe the old Charlie Brooker's style.
In his first ever his Screen Wipe program on BBC, Charlie Brooker defended a poor girl working in a takeaway, on the minimum wage, and he rightfully scolded the snobbish best'ard criticising her. These days, celebrities, comedians and MP's attack the poor and fetishize hard toil for the workers, and it's even seen as trendy. And here's Charlie Brooker defending a poor takeaway girl. Excellent.
I can't remember the exact scene, but Charlie Brooker, standing up for the girl, and with the BBC behind him, says to the snob, something like, "Well what else do you expect, a tit feed"? 'Do you want her to tit feed your baby"? " You're a pr'ck and she's on minimum wage"!!! Something like that.
Anyway, this was Charlie's Style.
Fast forward about 15 years into the future and Charlie Brooker writes a tasty piece about a worker in a store, he jokes about the wage slave, looking like a wage chimp! Charlie even made it sound funny, he worded his observation into a funny joke!!
Gone was the nobility of the sitarist, gone was the telling it to power. Like in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Charlie Brooker has changed. The sharp Charlie has been replaced by nastiness. He smells.
After this Guardian piece about the slave, Charlie Brooker's fans wrote on the comments wall, about the article denouncing Charlie Brooker. Hundreds of fans pointing out to Brooker that many graduates failed to get a proper job and worked on minimum wage to make ends meet, they have little choice, and that they are not slaves at all and they are far from failures. The fans just pointed out the obvious. Some even pointed out that Charlie Brooker was once there also. And some pointed out that Charlie Brooker was only popular because we imagined that he was one of us.
The next week Charlie Brooker wrote a grovelling article apologising and saying that doesn't really look down on working people.
But the damage was done. He revealed what he truly thinks.
This is what success brings? F'kc that my friend, F'k that!