Wheelmen, by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell
21 hours ago
"Net Geners demand far more frequent feedback and an over-precise set of objectives on the path to promotion (rather like the missions that must be completed in a video game)."
"Just as they are used to checking their progress on leader boards when playing video games, so Net Geners want to keep close tabs on their performance at work, too."
Borrowed from the Harry Potter book series, Quidditch at Middlebury College is played high above the ground as players fly on magical broomsticks and try and score points as they chase the speedy and mysterious golden snitch. Sounds cool, right? Wrong. Instead of figuring out how to manufacture flying brooms, players took the easy way out and simply run with the broom between their legs. The Golden Snitch, unfortunately, doesn’t flutter and hide as in the film. As a replacement, teams pick a fast kid, dress him yellow and make him run for hours until someone can catch him.While the game itself reminds me of the Levitra commercial featuring a man who can throw his football through a tire swing only once he has taken a pill for erectile disfunction, the fact that players run with brooms between their legs suggests they are, well... compensating for something. College students who still obsess over Harry Potter are geeky enough. But to run around with a broom stick between one's legs, grapple with other men wielding broomsticks between their legs, chase after a stickless man clad in yellow, and attempt to throw a ball through a ring... I take it as a cry for help.