Crowdsourcing seems to be one of the few good things that can come from the internet. In fact it seems a uniquely 21st century tool in human interaction. The author Vernor Vinge, in his book Rainbow’s End, features it as the key skill of the future. I think it’s even more interesting to see it as an emergent artifact of the rapid and potentially massive communication of the internet, such as what recently happened with a recent Reddit posting showing a raccoon and squirrel playing together. The image was adorable enough to spark the imaginations of other posters, leading to a relatively impromptu children’s book and even concept art being generated. Apparently, progress went so well that a couple of commenters are teaming up to pursue publishing a children’s book, probably by means of crowdfuding via Kickstarter.
- A Raccoon & Squirrel’s Friendship Inspires Redditors’ Children’s Book @ The Huffington Post
- Hysterical Pics of Animals Humping the Wrong Things @ UGO
- Why Did the Deer, Raccoon, & Rabbit Cross the Road? @ North Jersey