I'm not sure "tech bro" was in the popular language yet, but there was a definitely a sense of this guy. A greedy bastard who wanted it all: the money and power, obviously, but also - most arrogantly - the social capital for his eclectic knowledge and interests. All of which he collected from blogs, magazines, and a delayed cultural osmosis. I think the Rick and Morty episode where Morty becomes a little sociopath who listens to 1 new random song every day did a great job of summing up this pathology.
9 thoughts on “#524 – my talent”
I'm at least five years behind popular musical taste at any given time.
I'm constantly falling further behind and my music never qualified as popular in Japan. I still go for anime songs from the 200X's.
One of my favorite eve faces here!! she's so cute in that second-to-last panel!!
Lagging behind was more forgivable before the Internet, right?
it was inevitable. but now you're talking pre-1995 or so
I’m impressed by Eve’s ability to not smirk in panel 7. She’d been holding it in for two panels by then.
I know this is stupidly overthinking it, but what the hell… this comic originally came out March 16, 2012. Seven years earlier would be 2005, so I'm guessing Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl. Or since he's a techbro, Drop it Like it's Hot by Snoop Dogg and Pharrel Williams. Or maybe this douche likes Eminem.
Panel five and seven: Eve does a heroic job not smirking with her mouth but I can see it in her eyes.
This particular strip was formative for me. It taught me the best way to destroy the smug is to be completely unimpressed. Amused, even!