Screenshots of Despair: computers making humans sad

Screenshots of Despair: a Tumblr that features shots of computers interacting with humans in ways that seem calculated to make them sad and angry. As Bruce Sterling notes, "Somebody could teach a pretty good interaction-design course with this handy resource. Maybe somebody already is."

Screenshots of Despair (via Beyond the Beyond)



  1. Haha sounds like something out of “Goodbye, Mr. Despair” stories – Zetsuboushita!!

  2. “calculated to make them sad and angry”

    Alternatively, we could all take a breath, relax, and stop taking everything so personally (as many people in the service industry have to do every day).

  3. We used to live in a society where we were defined by how much money we make. Now it’s by how many friends we have on a computer server. 

    I wish we could go back to the old days and just measure our worth by who can spit the farthest.

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  4. Sougwen Chung’s “Goth Screenshots” does something similar (and [imo] better):

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