A New Tumblr Documents the Many Failings of Public Screens

Rob Walker
Tech Columnist
August 6, 2014

We live in a world of screens, each of which we expect to be smart and useful.

And, yet, every one of us has encountered a screen that has failed. For instance, here’s something I met up with in an airport not so long ago, when I paused at a kiosk with the hope of getting the latest departure details for my flight:

Airport departure screen with several error windows
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Airport departure screen with several error windows


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Yeah, I know: Glitchy airport screens are definitely a First World problem. But, a highly entertaining Tumblr that evidently originates from Japan has recognized that failed screens are kind of a thing, and worth documenting.

And thus: Error Message Screen, a Tumblr.

The premise is so implicit in the title it hardly needs clarification, but it’s an online collection of public screens — failing.

Maybe you can relate?

Error screen
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Error screen
Error screen
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Error screen
Error screen
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Error screen
Error screen
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Error screen
Error screen
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Error screen


(Photos via Error Message Screen)

You can get more Error Message Screens at the Tumblr here or, probably, at an airport near you. 

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