“Imagine a world where YouTube, Flickr, Facebook or Twitter had never been created due to the cost of regulatory compliance. Imagine an Internet where any website where users can upload text, pictures or video is liable for copyrighted material uploaded to it. Imagine a world where the addresses to those websites could not be found using search engines like Google and Bing, even if you typed them in directly.”—Andrew Howard on what SOPA and the Protect IP act mean for the future of the Internet and how they affect you directly. Read it, then watch this, then go do something about it. (via curiositycounts)
“Imagine a world where YouTube, Flickr, Facebook or Twitter had never been created….”
“[T]he relationship between parental education and children’s achievement has remained relatively stable during the last fifty years, whereas the relationship between income and achievement has grown sharply. Family income is now nearly as strong as parental education in predicting children’s achievement.”—Stanford study exposes the new achievement gap in education – the gap between the rich and the poor is double that between whites and blacks (via)
Daphne, the daughter of Lilith and Lucifer loves her half brother Obie, the son of Adam. She lives in a palace in Pandemonium the capitol of Hell. When Obie saves Truman from eternal torment in hell and returns with him to earth…
“Sometimes I see something so moving I know I’m not supposed to linger. See it and leave. If you stay too long, you wear out the wordless shock. Love it and trust it and leave.”—Don DeLillo, Underworld (via libraryland)
Do you feel this way when you see something moving? I do.
“The idea that someone can program our consumption is becoming obsolete, and fast. The front page of the paper disappears in a digital world, where there is no front page—merely the page I got to by clicking on a link from a friend. The tenth minute of a sitcom isn’t necessarily the part that comes after the ninth minute, and in fact, I might never even get to minute nine. Fifty years ago, the remote control freaked out TV executives. Today, the exception is the linear consumer, the rare bird that sits from the beginning to the end. Weird is in, mass is fading.”—Seth’s Blog: The extraordinary revolution of media choice (via infoneer-pulse)
“Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups…So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”—Philip K. Dick (via libraryland)
"I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power."