This sounds like a modern parental strategy for coddling toddlers that really just need boundaries and a swat.
True enough. I wonder about the workers of the Dilbert universe, that they are just victims in an endless cycle of abuse, and find myself wanting more for them. Does this mindset just help teach readers to be *good slaves* and content yourself to poke fun in return as your only retort? A quip at the jailers expense still leaves them prisoners.
Which leads to -
I sometimes imagine an weekly online-only *alternative Dilbert universe* where the characters are successful at thwarting the fools that abuse them in the syndicated *public consumption* strips. Commiserate (and pay the bills) with the the poor characters by day, and watch them succeed in the alternative strip. The Wise Garbageman as CEO, or Dilbert having a healthy relationship with a smart and funny redhead? Dilbert could have a different color tie, aka - The Green Tie Series, or some such thing.
I cannot think of any other Creative Environment (book series, comic, ect.) that has done the *alternative universe* thing - seems interesting and expanding of the original premise.
Anyway, Great Ideas for Others aside, back to my own stuff.....
This reminds me of what a Wise old CTO told me, but I'll put my twist on it.
It's important to Give the boss what he wants, Not what he needs. This makes the Boss happy.
The Company will only suceed if the people of the company produce what the company NEEDS, but not what managment wants.
So the masters of the game find a way to keep managment happy, without killing the company.