Thursday, September 25, 2014


My friends and I are watching a war movie on TV. One of us says something like, "That actor looks familiar. Who is he? What else has he starred in?" or "The general he's portraying... is he historical or fictional? If he's real, what happened to him after the war?" Then we'll perhaps pause the DVR, quick draw our smart phones, and get the answer.

Now consider people who are great trivia experts (think Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings, etc). Up until now, they've been able to capitalize on their skills by winning bar bets, and entertaining folks at parties with their breadth of knowledge. But now that everyone can know anything at any time, the unique value of their talent must be collapsing. I imagine there are lots of trivia wizards who now feel like Ron Jeremy after the introduction of Viagra.