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Internet

  • E-mail is a modern Penny Post: the world is a single city with a single postal rate.

    • Anne Fadiman,
    • "Mail," in Kathleen Norris, ed., The Best American Essays ()
  • ... when one went fishing in information networks, one also became fish food.

  • The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.

  • The important thing to remember is that this is not a new form of life. It is just a new activity.

  • I rarely use the Internet for research, as I find the process cumbersome and detestable. The information gained is often untrustworthy and couched in execrable prose. It is unpleasant to sit in front of a twitching screen suffering assault by virus, power outage, sluggish searches, system crashes, the lack of direct human discourse, all in an atmosphere of scam and hustle.

  • [On the Internet:] Its impact — the widespread availability of two-way electronic communications — will change all of our lives. It will suck power away from central governments, mass media, and big business.

  • No system in the world is so well-designed that it can't grow stale, rigid, or corrupted by those who benefit most from it.

  • ... whenever I encountered a slide show titled 'Eight Diet Foods That Pack on the Pounds' or 'Celebrity Fashion Fails,' I’d have to stop and investigate because hey, it might be information I’d need in some unforeseeable future where I had become, for some reason, a fat celebrity.

  • The blogosphere is anti-hierarchy, anti-professionalism and anti-politeness. It's fast; it's loud; it's rough; it's provocative. It rewards the experimental and polarizing over the safe and crowd-pleasing.

    • Sady Doyle,
    • "Blogging Sisterhood," in In These Times ()
  • Just because digital technology makes connecting possible doesn’t mean you’re actually reaching people.

    • Maureen Dowd,
    • "Pompom Girl for Feminism," in The New York Times ()
  • I am loving discovering the way other bloggers have chosen to structure their blogs, appreciating the varying levels of hide and reveal.

  • Blogging sets up the conditions for the extension of journaling into the realm of camaraderie. There's enough of a layer of cloaked sanctuary to go deeper, and enough of a beckoning door one can open to then share.

  • E-mail: A blessing for introverts.

  • 'I write quite differently in emails,' people say, with a look of inspired and happy puzzlement — a look formerly associated only with starry-eyed returnees from alien abductions. 'Yes, I write quite differently in emails, especially in the punctuation. I feel it's OK to use dashes all the time, and exclamation marks. And those dot, dot, dot things!'

  • This is an exciting time for the written word: it is adapting to the ascendant medium, which happens to be the most immediate, universal and democratic written medium that has ever existed.