CAPTCHAvated

I have completed oodles of these Captcha boxes in the past, paying them little or no attention. Seeing them as a stepping stone to getting onto my destination webpage.

Having dabbled my toes into this week’s readings they strike me as dividers  – seperating the realms of the human and non-human.

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  1. Giraf87 March 14, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I also think the # sign performs something similar. But here the separating, seems more like filtering, and connecting: human and machine dialogue. The symbol itself conveys the interconnectivity, what a great choice. In view of the symbol’s history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_sign) – it is relatively new (1900) – amazing the weight of symbolic meaning it now carries.

  2. Anabel Drought March 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Sometimes even we as humans are locked out of a website as they are so difficult to get past. Recently I saw a letter and a number one and the number was so blurred or tiny I had really problems getting on do I also need to have 20:20 vision to be able to access your site? Are my inadequacies as a human blurring the boundary between pure / fully functioning humans and computers?

    I was told at some conference that they were used to help decipher old text from ancient books, I’m not sure if it is true, but it gives it another purpose than just to block non humans.

    • Nikki Bourke March 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      I’ve had a few instances where I have had to question the capability of my own eyesight. Sometimes I’d swear that the programmers are having a laugh at our expense with italics and strange slanting fonts!