RACCOONS IN THE NEWS: Children’s Books

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. 

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