quotations about the Internet
Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.
ROGER EBERT, "Critical Eye", Yahoo! Internet Life
If television's a babysitter, the Internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
DOROTHY GAMBRELL, Cat and Girl: Volume I
Well, the Internet is this miracle. It is an absolutely extraordinary idea that you can press a send button, and you are publishing to the world.
BARRY DILLER, USA Today, Apr. 30, 2009
The Net is pretty cool, but the physical world is the best medium ever.
JEFF BEZOS, Playboy, Feb. 2000
Sometimes we do get taken by surprise. For example, when the Internet came along, we had it as a fifth or sixth priority. It wasn't like somebody told me about it and I said, "I don't know how to spell that." I said, "Yeah, I've got that on my list, so I'm okay." But there came a point when we realized it was happening faster and was a much deeper phenomenon than had been recognized in our strategy.
BILL GATES, speech at Washington University, Jul. 2, 1998
The NET is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it.
WILLIAM GIBSON, The New York Times, Jul. 14, 1996
I like the trail that the Internet created. For example, I was watching one of those Douglas Sirk movies, and I noticed that Rock Hudson towered over everyone, and I typed in "How tall was" and I saw "How tall was Jesus," and I'm like, "Sure," and half an hour later you're somewhere you didn't expect to be. It doesn't work that same way in books, does it? Even if you have an encyclopedia, the trail isn't that crazy. I like that aspect of it.
DAVID SEDARIS, interview, Bohemian, June 2009
There're so many ads on the Internet these days, they should call it the InfoMERCIAL Superhighway!
TOM WILSON, Ziggy, Nov. 5, 1999
At just the time that the Internet is reminding us about the extraordinary value of freedom, the Internet is being changed to take that freedom away. Just as we are beginning to see the power that free resources produce, changes in the architecture of the Internet--both legal and technical--are sapping the Internet of this power. Fueled by a bias in favor of control, pushed by those whose financial interests favor control, our social and political institutions are ratifying changes in the Internet that will reestablish control and, in turn, reduce innovation on the Internet and in society generally.
LAWRENCE LESSIG, The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
Rest assured, I was on the Internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout the world.
COMIC BOOK GUY, "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", The Simpsons
There's going to be an i-9/11 event. Which doesn't necessarily mean an Al Qaeda attack, it means an event where the instability or the insecurity of the internet becomes manifest during a malicious event which then inspires the government into a response. You've got to remember that after 9/11 the government drew up the Patriot Act within 20 days and it was passed.... So I was having dinner with Richard Clarke and I asked him if there is an equivalent, is there an i-Patriot Act just sitting waiting for some substantial event as an excuse to radically change the way the internet works. He said "of course there is".
LAWRENCE LESSIG, Fortune Brainstorm panel, 2008
It's been my policy to view the internet not as an "information highway", but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.
MIKE ROYKO, "One Good Story From The Internet Deserves Another", Chicago Tribune, November 13, 1996
There's a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they'd eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the internet, we now know this isn't true.
IAN HART, attributed, Buzzfeed, May 15, 2013
Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions.
WILLIAM GIBSON, Neuromancer
People like to swap stories, period, and the internet is like a big electronic campfire.
ANNE JAMISON, Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World
Most of us employ the Internet not to seek the best information, but rather to select information that confirms our prejudices.
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times, May 27, 2009
In the next century, planet earth will don an electronic skin. It will use the Internet as a scaffold to support and transmit its sensations. This skin is already being stitched together.
NEIL GROSS, Business Week, 1999
The scope of what I could feel and imagine was being quietly limited by the world within a world, the internet. The things outside of the web were becoming further from me, and everything inside it seemed piercingly relevant. The blogs of strangers had to be read daily, and people nearby who had no web presence were becoming almost cartoonlike, as if they were missing a dimension.
MIRANDA JULY, It Chooses You
The Internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity, this is something truly good, a gift from God.
POPE FRANCIS, "Pope: The Internet is a 'gift from God.' But watch out for trolls", CNN, January 23, 2014
Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Stranger in a Strange Land