Drawing a Verbal Straight Line

Clement Valla created a fascinating test of human cooperation in a video project called — A Sequence of Lines Traced by Five Hundred Individuals — that proves how impossible it is to get one, let alone a set, of people to do a single thing in unison.  The idea of the video is genius in its simplicity:  Start with a straight line and then have 500 people draw that “straight line” as accurately as possible based only on the last drawn line.  As you can see below, the FIRST ATTEMPT to “follow a straight line” is already off-the-scale horrible that will inevitably lead to the entire breakdown of the line, and humanity, at the end of 500 swipes.

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