“Information has never been so cheap; our choices have never been so numerous; the cacophony has never been quite so grand. Everyone knows this, and everyone is right. It’s why we’re fascinated, if not obsessed, with Google and Twitter and all the rest of their oddly named species. We know that information poses as many challenges as opportunities.”—James Gleick, interviewed by the the Guardian’s John Naughton, about his new book The Information. (via futurejournalismproject)
"If human desire is not constrained, it leads to disaster," said van Pelt, summarizing the Church’s view on technology. But religion is not about saying "dont use these things," merely to use them thoughtfully and with purpose.
“Point is, 20 years ago, more than half of those options didn’t exist. People would be killed, would just disappear off the face of the earth; and no one was concerned because “disappearing” was normal back then. “I’m getting nervous… Michelle hasn’t answered her telephone in three weeks!” and it’s like, “You know Michelle’s been a total flake lately! Maybe she couldn’t pay her phone bill again or whatever.” And that was totally cool. Now it’s less cool and more like, “OMG MICHELLE HASN’T TWEETED IN 43 HOURS SOMETHING IS WRONG. SOMETHING. IS. WRONG.”—