I always find it interesting to look at how different groups interpret the same information. In the case of “looking for the mouse” in Clay Shirkey’s conclusion to Cognitive Surplus, Katy and I determined that the idea behind this involves interactivity. As technology continues to build and develop, we’re looking more and more at what we can do with it. The way we see it, the little girl was looking for the mouse, because she expected it to be a part of the “game” so to speak. To take this one step further, we can reflect back on earlier ideas that involved the suggestion that people not only never use technology in the format they intend to but also that they are constantly finding new ways to push technology past its breaking point—or rather, past it’s intended capabilities. We are continuously searching for ways to create innovative things, for a lack of a better term, out of stuff that was never intended to be use for that purpose in the first place.
On the flip side, Ashely and Beth Anne observed that perhaps this anecdote supported one of Shirkey’s original arguments—that people are only willing to do something or to look into something if there is some sort of motivation behind it. It doesn’t matter how valuable we might think the information we’re willing to present is if we have no one to present to. In the case of the girl looking for the mouse, she had the motivation to move further with her search rather than to just give up.