I can't believe I read the whole thing.

If there is a "collective brain", I find it difficult to understand what it thinks its accomplishing by distributing more and more copies of seemingly spontaneously multiplying PowerPoint presentations (or of forwarding bogus reports that refuse to die).

The particular presentation that I received this time was titled Paradox of our Time, and it contained numerous "wise sayings" about how we should live our lives. The word "paradox" in the title seemed pretty clearly a misnomer, but I suppose that can be forgiven, considering that the presentation, though in English, was quite clearly not written by a native speaker. Toward the end of the presentation I was told:
if you're too busy to take the time to send this message to somebody you love ...
That sentence reads a bit like a threat, something like "we dare you to be too busy to help someone else". No, I'm not too busy, but I'd prefer to find something else to do with my free time than send that presentation. Even if I find myself completely and totally bored and have the whole day on my hands to fill up, why would I want to pass this on to anyone. Rather than Paradox of our Time it should be called Platitudes of our Time. Slide after slide tells us thing like "Today we have ... less time". But if we really do have less time, what would be the sense in wasting it on sending this 1.5MB of wise sayings onto our friends?

Go to: Are crowds really that smart?