RE: Clippy's demise

Subject: RE: Clippy's demise
From: Mark Levinson <MarkL -at- gilian -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 10:32:31 +0200

Bruce writes:
> For two and a half years,
> there's been evidence that people disliked the paper clip, yet
> Microsoft is just getting around to getting rid of it.

I think that Microsoft was reluctant to lose face. Now that they
have something that they can call a new operating system, they get
to say (see ) something like "Previously
it was a necessary evil, but now you don't need it because we make
everything so intuitive."

They are also trying to hustle Clippy into the niche of a folk
hero. Maybe somebody read McLuhan's remark to the effect that
when tools become obsolete, they start being viewed as art.

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