Individuals Versus Collective: The Camel Commitee Maxim

Below the pictures is a great spoof video from 2006 that imagines the packaging that would have resulted if Microsoft had launched the iPod instead of Apple. What is most remarkable about this video is that Microsoft eventually confessed that Microsoft’s own packaging department created it. This video demonstrates the meaning of- (Wikitionary) Proverb: "A camel is a horse designed by a committee." An expression critical of committees—or by analogy, group decision-making—by emphasizing the ineffectiveness of incorporating too many conflicting opinions into a single project. In this figure of speech, the distinguishing features of a camel, such as its humps and poor temperament, are taken to be the deformities that resulted from its poor design.


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