The “Tur-Tur” problem

“Tur-Tur” – Mr. Tur-Tur actually – is a fictional character created by the Augsburger Puppenkiste as part of the play “Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer”. The problem of the poor man is that he is an “appearance giant”, meaning whenever someone looks at him from far away he appears to be a giant. As giants are considered to be quite dangerous most people wouldn’t dare to approach him, leaving him alone and themselves frightened. Those who are brave enough to do so, become rapidely suprised, as Mr. Tur-Tur shrinks the closer they get and ends up with the size of a normal person.

Over the years I have realized that this often something that happens to people when being confronted with completely new tasks, technologies or fields of knowledge. The sheer vastness of something frightens and discourages people at the first look.

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