When I start my computer for the day and launch my web browser, it starts with a "My Google" page—that means that it has all the nonsense that I want to read right there in front of me. All right, not quite ALL of the stuff I want to read…..the rest of it is on my "My Yahoo" page. But I’m talking here about an item on my Google start page. It’s called the "Daily How To".
If the HowTo is something of interest, I click on it and it takes me to a user produced site called wikihow.com. What is it with everything being "wiki-something" now anyhow? Why not just "howto.com"?
Sometimes, the how-to is funny or useful, and it's always entertaining, but one day last week I was treated to How To Make Ramen Noodles In A Drip Coffee Maker.
Just to be clear here, packaged Ramen noodles require hot water. Nothing else. A drip coffee maker is essentially a water heater. Seems sort of self-explanatory to me.
So here’s my question: Have we finally produced a large group of youngsters who need step by step instruction on how to boil water?
Without a Burger King in the neighborhood, these kids would starve.
The day before I learned, step by step, how to boil water, the subject matter was a list of 5 Ways To Avoid Drinking Milk If You Don't Want To, or something very close to that.
Imagine. Someone needs a list of ways to avoid drinking milk.
There's an appropriate acronym for my reaction to this pair of "how-to’s"—MEGO.
For the uninitiated, that stands for My Eyes Glaze Over.