#524 – my talent

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

  1. I'm at least five years behind popular musical taste at any given time.

    1. 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.

  2. One of my favorite eve faces here!! she's so cute in that second-to-last panel!!

  3. Lagging behind was more forgivable before the Internet, right?


    1. it was inevitable. but now you're talking pre-1995 or so

  4. I’m impressed by Eve’s ability to not smirk in panel 7. She’d been holding it in for two panels by then.

  5. 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.

  6. Panel five and seven: Eve does a heroic job not smirking with her mouth but I can see it in her eyes.

  7. This particular strip was formative for me. It taught me the best way to destroy the smug is to be completely unimpressed. Amused, even!

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