I really enjoy the recent “Bing” commercials, where actors randomly spout what are supposed to be search results based upon one word uttered by a clueless and bewildered person. Of course, we can all identify with the frustration of too much information from the Internet. It is nice to be able to find information quickly and easily, but it can be overwhelming to wade through the deluge of blogs, pages and links most searches will return.
As usual, I started with a search for “X” and found myself looking at “Y”. That would be “Y” as in “why did this come up in my search?”. Apparently this is the Internet equivalent of looking up something in a printed encyclopedia. You would be flipping through pages looking for the page with the information on say, the USS Pueblo, and a picture of a statue in Pueblo would catch your attention. If you had time, you would read the item related to the picture, which would reference a historical figure. Eventually you would wind up reading about the mating rituals of walruses, while your report on the USS Pueblo languished unwritten.
Now that you’ve all been inspired to research the USS Pueblo and their photographs of the “Hawaiian Good Luck gesture”, I’ll meander back to what I wanted to share with you. (here’s a link http://www.damninteresting.com/the-seizing-of-the-pueblo). I happened across a news article about a DVD that is designed for dementia sufferers and their families, one that offers a respite for those who care for dementia patients. As I clicked the link to read the article, I was reminded of the video tape we used when our children were little (of course now it’s on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mRY-kCRUxI). As it turns out, it’s very disconcerting to dementia sufferers to watch regular television- story lines and characters to follow, loud commercials- I would imagine it would be like trying to watch television as someone else surfs from channel to channel.
Here’s the link to the story, with a link in the story to the website. Sorry, no walruses or good luck gestures. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/apr/18/escondido-based-internet-company-has-dvd-to-help/