John Lennon Repurposed As Third World Laptop Salesman


On Christmas day, One Laptop Per Child brought back the voice (if not the body) of Yoko Ono's beloved John Lennon.

OLPC's mission is to bring cheap, sturdy laptops to the world's poorest children. So paint your sympathetic face on as a freshly conviction-laden (if nasal) Lennon compares giving a child a laptop to the vision he shared through his music. At the end, the Walrus himself appears, piped in from the great beyond through a kid computer with Shrek ears.

Negroponte ought to learn from his profitable peers. Resuscitating a dead guy -- particularly one whose yearning for peace has been used to sell everything from diapers to ice cream -- never works in your favor, no matter how noble the intentions. In fact, it's about as disturbing as watching a demented technophile play puppeteer with a decomposing marionette.

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this a mediocre execution of a bad idea. if Lennon was alive, he would take a taxi to Taxi and kick someone's ass.

Posted by: jim schmidt on December 30, 2008 4:02 PM

A little piece of me died when I saw this.

Posted by: Sonya on January 2, 2009 3:03 PM

A little piece of me died when I saw this.

Posted by: Sonya on January 2, 2009 3:06 PM

OLPC's mission is to blow more hot air into Negroponte's ego and promote desktop Linux (and IBM and others' business interests) by forcing it in unusable, technically obsolete "laptops" on the world's poorest children in regions without internet connections.

Posted by: Peter Verkooijen on January 4, 2009 4:31 PM