Two Cows

Ripping off the concept of the “two cows” explanation of economic -isms (see, for example, Wikipedia’s entry of the phenemonen), here is the Jester’s corresponding list for ICT4D…

Computer Science: You have two cows. You connect them to the Internet via wireless networking.

Information Science: You have two cows. You make fun of the computer scientists.

Communication: You have two cows. When will they get mobile phones?

Development Theory: You have two cows. They should be elephants! No, rhinos!

Business: You have two cows. You sell them affordable grass and seek social enterprise venture capital.

Economics: You have two cows. You run a regression and build a model that explains why all mammals have an udder and 4 teats.

Psychology: You have two cows. You build a model that explains undergrads.

Behavioral Economics: You have two cows. You make them play Dictator.

Sociology: You have two cows. There is something between them that cannot be explained by either cow alone.

Anthropology: You have two cows. How can you know that, unless you’ve lived with them for two years?

Political Science: You have two cows. They are evil.

Political Economy: You have two cows. The first one is 1.2 times as evil as the second.

Critical Theory: You have two cows. You are evil.

Agriculture: You have two cows. You feed them Substance X. They produce twice as much milk for a week, and then they die. They produced twice as much milk!

Education: You have two cows. You teach them multiplication without crushing their self-esteem or using numbers.

Public Health: You have two cows. You vaccinate them.

Geography: You have two cows. Gosh, doesn’t anyone care where they’re from?

Design (Old School): You have two cows. Just as long as they look good.

Design (Recent): You have two cows. You do a needs assessment. You discover they need healthcare, education, and jobs. You build a prototype. You do a presentation. Next project!

Human-Computer Interaction: You have two cows. You design them a gadget. They seem to like it. Yay!

Environment: You have two cows. Methane. Cleared forest. Not good.

Media Studies: You have two cows. Fun!

Jeffrey Sachs: You have two cows. With only 6.6 billion more, you could give one to everybody.

William Easterly: You have two cows. Too bad.

Dambisa Moyo: You have two cows. Really, too bad.

Amartya Sen: You have two cows. You educate them and set them free.

Hernan de Soto: You have two cows. Are they registered?

Muhammad Yunus: You have two cows. They don’t need training; they just need credit.

C. K. Prahalad: You have two cows. You sell them cheap grass, become a consultant, and claim you did some good.

Nicholas Negroponte: You have two cows. OLP… C?

3 Responses to “Two Cows”

  1. Bill T Says:

    > Nicholas Negroponte: You have two cows. OLPC?

    One Laptop Per Cow?

  2. Jester's Jester Says:

    No one suggests to get your two cows to mate?

  3. Anand Says:

    Randomised Control Trial (RCT) folks : You have two cows. You introduce a politically correct mechanism to execute an intervention and find out its effects in a randomized way so that the first cow can say to the second : “I am doing *slightly* better.”

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