As our society grows ever more divisive, the rise of conflict-causing product designs will continue. I'm talking about clueless me-first products like the Knee Defender; when we covered it, I wrote that we as a society now "try to selfishly maximize our own comfort to the inconvenience of others," and the comment thread sparked by that entry tells you all you need to know.
Here's another example, also designed for airplanes: The Soarigami.
The product website has a cutesy story about how the designer threw a paper airplane that landed upside-down, inspiring the form.
I'm kind of speechless.
First off, I have no idea why it's designed with a postal motif. Secondly, I just can't imagine packing one of these for a trip--and having the gall and self-entitlement to whip this out and fit it into place with a person next to me.
Very telling is this excerpt from the product's FAQ page:
Q: "What if the person next to me does not want to use the device?"
A: "Did you ask your neighbor politely? If they really don't want to use it, you can claim the existing armrest fair and square. Soarigami is a win-win solution."
Ah, so that's how the world works: I impose on you my idea of how we should share a resource, and if you don't agree, then I just take the whole thing? Brilliant.