In the developed world, computers in a multitude of different forms have taken over our lives within a few short decades. From gaming consoles in the 1980s and earlier, to desktop machines in the 1990s, to mobile devices in the early 21st Century, personal computing has come a long way. But this revolution has not been a smooth experience for the users (i.e. for the human beings) who use them. The revolution has been fraught with much pain and confusion.
- How many times have we been bamboozled by IT sales staff?
- How many times have we had our device crash, and in the process we have lost valuable data?
- How many times have we been simply confused by the onscreen messages, or lack of?
- And then there is tech support, sometimes our saviour and sometimes our nemesis.
|Atari 2600 commercial with Morecambe & Wise||Type||TV Advert|
|Overview||British comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise introduce the Atari 2600 video game console in this TV advertisement.|
|Sources||Youtube (13 secs)|
|John Cleese and the IBM Personal Computer||Type||TV humour|
|Overview||British comedian John Cleese introduces the IBM (‘portable’) Personal Computer, comparing it to a fish…|
|Sources||Youtube (2.10 mins)|
|Introducing the book [a.k.a Medieval Helpdesk, a.k.a IT Professional in the Middle Ages]||Type||TV humour|
|Date||2001 (first aired in Norway)|
|Overview||A light-hearted take on the user experience of PCs, but contrasting the modern experience with the emergence of the Book in the Middle Ages. Modern PCs invoke a mix of horror and excitement, yet this clip reminds us that while technology changes, the human experience of technological change does not change.|
|Sources||Youtube (2.39 mins)|
|Horrible Histories ‘A-Book’ [‘The latest in Roman technology’]||Type||Segment from ‘Horrible Histories’ Children’s series|
|Date||2011 (Series 3, Episode 1)|
|Overview||The appearance of the book described in terms of a modern Apple product launch.|
|Sources||Youtube (1.17 mins)|
|Lego Star Wars – Vader’s Technical Difficulties||Type||Online video humour|
|Overview||Darth Vader is ‘tech support’ for the Death Star.|
|Source||Youtube (1.33 mins)|