Google Docs have become a strange canvas for coping with coronavirus

Nicolas Rivero
Google Docs have become a strange canvas for coping with coronavirus

It’s a mix of emotions powerful enough to transform a Google Doc from a bland productivity tool into a performance art space. Imaginative uses of Google Docs haven’t been entirely frivolous either: Wyoming Republicans used them to stage discussions and count votes during a remote caucus, and the UN briefly used a shared document to solicit art that would help spread public health messages. Brooklynite Anthony Smith released the first part of his Google Docs escape room within 24 hours of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio calling for a citywide shelter-in-place order.