I don't know which is worse, those getting offended because it's making fun of old people; or, those denying that it's making fun of old people.
It's making fun of old people, that don't adapt with the times. This has been a subject of comedy since the first old person ever had a kid who had a kid, that decided to make fun of something.
Adams is not saying that anyone who doesn't have caller ID is behind the times, nor is he saying only old people lack a caller ID. He's just poking fun at old people that don't upgrade the most basic things that make our life simple. What makes it so funny is the stereotypes and innuendo....."hard candy and slight dementia". I thought it was hilarious, and when kids younger than me make fun of me for not having a myspace page, I laugh at myself.
Funniest Dilbert strip I've seen in weeks. Nowhere in the strip is old people mentioned. How can you see this as an attack on the elderly unless you in fact believe old people behave this way? You're only validating what you wish to discredit. Today's strip leaves the reader's imagination to fill in the blanks, and this is the essence of good humor. Don't get angry if you filled in the blanks with something you're uncomfortable with. Scott Adams is a genius.
Like Kravis, I have a landline with nothing on it as well, for the same reasons, and I LOVE the strip. Hilarious! I'm a EE and only got a cell phone a few years ago when I was forced to by the lack of available public phones. All of us EEs are going to burn in hell for the creation of these devices of Satan! :)
But, I do have to expose my nerdiness and point out that percentages add up to 110%. I guess the last category isn't mutually exclusive with the first two, but it sort of leapt off the page at me. I'd call Scott and let him no personally, but my phone does not have long distance. :)