1. Rules of Engagement
It is titillating.
This realm of thought we’re being exposed to in the first week. It’s not brand new but it now has a structure I’d not seen before. So to take Mr. Chimero’s words a step further, if I may.
We as creators should be making tools that can be used in a way that would be bewildering to their creator (us). Like someone using a house key as a package opener, or a cardboard box as transient housing. These tools were not “tooled” for these uses, but it is done everyday. This is usually just done in the absence of a better tool, though.
In the case of Twitter one could argue that it’s the pressure-release valve of Facebook… offering the service Facebook couldn’t. Like the person who uses their house key to open a package, they just didn’t have a box cutter on hand, so they used what was within reach. But if Twitter is just a substitute for Facebook, does it undervalue the service?
No, because Twitter is more than that. Perhaps it didn’t start as more, but clearly, as Mr. Chimero demonstrates, it is. Within these parameters of ambiguity, improv, and limitations, Twitter has eclipsed its original root inspiration, the Facebook status update. Evolution. Market. Humans. Improv.
This is why we are a successful species. Also, the final word of the essay, play. Another reason we are successful, and in our approach if play is the mindset, we will not only be bewildered by what people do with our creations, but bewilder ourselves with what we can create.
2. Loving Laura More
This is so human, so sweet. Only from the mind of Harrell Fletcher. This has informed a few ideas for my own projects. Fletchers book, Learning to Love You More has an equally moving assignment. He asks random people to send in a photo of their parents kissing. The result is so real and explosive that Fletcher made it the cover of his book.
This would be a great read for anyone in this class.