Curiousity Introduction

I have to accuse myself of regularly falling deep into the Wikipedia rabbit-hole. As a naturally inquisitive person, one Google search for a formal dress will more than often lead to a consequent 45 minutes of filling my head with information about the suspected extinction of the Yangtze River dolphin in 2007 or something like that. Specifically, a recent search of mine was sparked by an email from Pinterest, picturing six different types of healthy chocolate chip cookies. I absolutely love baking, especially raw treats and slices that satisfy my sweet tooth yet don’t immediately destroy the results from my sessions at the gym, so I was instantly interested. Halfway through my search, a pop-up advertisement for a band by ‘Gypsy and the Cat’ featuring a song titled “Jona Vark” caught my attention. I immediately realised that the similar sounding ‘Joan of Arc’ was a prominent historical figure, yet I knew nothing about who she was or what she had done. In a split second, my desire for cookie making had developed into having a well-rounded knowledge of the French heroine who was burned at the stake in 1431. The more I read on, the more interested I became, which actually pressured me to cross-check the information across various websites to ensure its validity. In the end, I actually did still end up baking my cookies, just a short half hour later than planned…

One thought on “Curiousity Introduction

  1. So here I’m really interested that the apparently serious historical info (Joan of Arc) came to you randomly and by working backwards from a joke (Jona Vark). Traditionally we’ve held in our educated heads the idea of a hierarchy of value associated with informational data, but the internet dishes this up to us in an order triggered by our much more disorganised browsing.

    This is the kind of thing that sends people into a cultural panic, but I find it interesting. I’m not sure whether it matters, or doesn’t. But it seems to be a fault line that we talk about when we say that something is “trivial”. Is anything trivial, really?

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