The Internet can be the most interesting, enjoyable, useful, frustrating, confusing place in the world. Using last night as an example, i will illustrate my point.
I spent the early hours of the night working on the Internet to do research on my academic studies by simply typing terms into Google Scholar, which allowed me, within minutes, to catch up on a 50-year history of research on functional fixedness, (a human tendency which prevents us from finding innovative uses for things) without having to get into my car and visit the library. Interesting and useful.
I then spent the later hours of the evening working over the Internet with my colleague Kevin getting this web site up and running for the start of the Taming the Butterfly game. Enjoyable and useful.
Late in the evening, however, I received a phone call from a friend who wanted to know why we had posted this video on our company’s YouTube page:
Frustrating and Confusing. Why? Because we were not the ones who posted the video. Rather, some person had hacked into our YouTube account and posted it without our knowledge.
But on some level this was interesting (once i had gone in and reset our passwords to prevent her from hacking in again), because apparently the hacker had taken our “Taming the Butterfly” future of Bloomington theme and did us one better by pretending she is actually from the future. It was also a little useful because it got me thinking more specifically about what a person from the future might think. We’ve actually decided to leave the video up for now so that you can see it for yourself.