“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a Russian”
“For all the ways this technology brings us together, the monetization and manipulation of information is swiftly tearing us apart.”
Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, writing in today’s Washington Post.
”Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
“If classical mechanics is George Eliot, quantum mechanics is Kafka.”
Rifka Galchen, in her New Yorker profile of David Deutsch.
“Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.”
“More than two years ago, soon after Donald Trump entered the presidential race, I noted online that no one like him—with no political, military, judicial, or public-service experience, with no known expertise on policy matters, with a trail of financial and personal complications—had ever before become president. Therefore, I said, it wasn’t going to happen this time. Quite obviously that was wrong. Penitent and determined to learn from my errors, I’ve avoided any predictions involving Trump and his circles ever since.”
“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”.
“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands”.
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1891
“I’m trying to avoid the conclusion that we’ve become Nicaragua.”
General Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and the CIA, quoted in the New Yorker.