Note: This post is part of my “Museums Project“, a collection of 200+ high-concept ideas for museums.
You might have heard that some years ago the British government polled the internet to name a new military submarine. The internet, being filled with people with not much to do other than mess with people, got together and all voted for “Boaty McBoatface”. The name won. The British now have a official naval vessel named Boaty McBoatface.
Along with the christening of a submarine, this fine episode in British history christened the term “McBoatfaced”. When you leave things up to the internet to decide and people mess with you, you’ve been “McBoatfaced”.
The McBoatfaced Museum would be created and curated by the internet. I think there would need to be some ground rules so that they don’t “mess with” the idea so much as to kill it or make it unworkable or dangerous or offensive. Veto power should not be allowed except for those suggestions going against the ground rules.
However, to ensure that the museum is interesting enough to keep it financially afloat, generous interpretation of the internet’s suggestions will be granted to those actually doing the creating and maintaining of the museum.