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Wednesday, May 28, 2003

 

The Internet as a focus group
Saw this story in the local paper, about a couple local papers and a TV station putting together a SimPuget-Sound's-Screwed-Up-Transportation-System computer game. I think it's brilliant, and am looking foward to trying it out.

It looks like it's going to be a remarkable focus group opportunity, but able to be far more specific and in depth than most focus groups, and without the shallow and easily manipulated aspects of a focus group. That is, at least, as long as it's built in a fair and balanced manner. It would also be a great propaganda tool, if one wanted to manage it that way.

I think the best aspect of it is going to be that it will show people just how stinking hard it is to build a workable, inexpensive transportation system when you only have two cardinal directions to work with. It would be a good deal easier if Washington didn't spend so much on various liberal pet projects, of course, but I think it will be a while until those go away. And there's always the chance that an undiscovered genius will figure out a way to solve the problem. Maybe.
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