Insert Text Here: 'Dilbert' Goes 2.0

Beloved strip lets fans run the show on the web, with maybe a little author input
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 4:08 PM CDT
Dilbert, natch.   ((c) Felix M. Cobos)
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(Newser) – Is it another triumph of Web 2.0, or a concession to the rampantly collaborative tone of the Internet these days? Either way, "Dilbert" has gone interactive, the New York Times reports. On the popular comic’s website, fans can now substitute their own pithy retorts for text bubbles in the final panel, and they'll soon be able to run wild with the whole strip.

“I’m surrendering myself to the realities of the Internet,” says creator Scott Adams. He notes that many savvy fans can already doctor the comics; making it easier only gives “people more reason to visit the site.” Don’t let that creative license go to your head, though; “We have been really careful” about installing profanity filters, an administrator said.