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« Data Neurotic
Data Neurotic – Stills and Storyline
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CHAPTER1: LOVE DELETE. »I’ve got hundreds of files on my computer I don’t need anymore. Why is it so hard to get rid of them? Has the trashcan fallen asleep?«


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»Would you delete this if I paid you for it? Say, 1£ a megabyte?« After a day of trying to convince people to get rid of some data, I had to call it quits. Nobody would do it, whereas getting rid of physical things proved to be fun and healthy (interviews, left vs video smash, right).


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»Are you sure you want to remove the items in the trash permanently? You cannot undo this action. Cancel. OK.« The fear of losing [whatever] regardless of its actual value is engineered deeply into our Operating Systems.


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Rebranding the OS Trashcan, thus changing user behaviour: Please welcome... the Trashbabies! »They live in my trashcan. They know no greater spectacle than to see data being deleted. They love deleting. They think I don’t do enough of it, and they’re quite right – I’ve got too many files.«


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