Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Restaurant at the end of the Web

The Web 2.0 is actively encouraging information browsing habits akin to an "all you can eat" restaurant.

The proprietor guarantees that you won't gain weight and provides you all the food you can eat for free. You just pay your costs to get to the restaurant (if any), and forgo the time you spend eating.

You have a stylish waitress by your side at all times, ready to serve you the next dish or drink. There is no tip, no closing hours, no booking required, and anything you want is on the menu.

If some delicacy appears to be missing, your waitress will take your wishes to the chef out in the kitchen and he will make it to order. If he is baffled, he will ask his other chef friends to help out. They will serve you up their best guess at what you want, and keep trying until you are satisfied. They have all the time in the world.

If you are overwhelmed by choice there is no need for alarm. Your waitress will gladly bring you an endless series of appetizers. In fact, you never need to proceed to a main meal.

And the tables are large enough to invite anyone you know, and if you so desire, anyone you don't know as well.

The only catch is that you need to get through a little advertising material next to your menu, and perhaps chat to a few other customers. You hardly notice the inconvenience.

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