Quote of the Day

The internet works against historical consciousness because the new and newer news comes so quickly to hand that it buries all thought of what happened yesterday or the day before in an avalanche of data.

“The internet works against historical consciousness because the new and newer news comes so quickly to hand that it buries all thought of what happened yesterday or the day before in an avalanche of data.” — Lewis H. Lapham, The Art of Editing No. 4, the Paris Review (Summer 2019)

Quote of the Day

The bombardment of pseudo-realities begins to produce inauthentic humans very quickly, spurious humans — as fake as the data pressing at them from all sides.

“The bombardment of pseudo-realities begins to produce inauthentic humans very quickly, spurious humans — as fake as the data pressing at them from all sides.” — Philip K. Dick, How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later

The Truth Is In The Middle

I love the cynicism in the San Jose Mercury Newscoverage of the FCC decision that AT&T and Verizon must allow smaller carriers to use their data networks.

It labeled the reactions the two carriers and consumer activist groups as predictable. As expected, the big telecoms said that it was a defeat for consumers and true competition while the consumer activist groups claimed a victory for consumers and competition. If the truth lies somewhere in the middle, consumers have not gained or lost anything, competition remains unchanged and the FCC has succeeded in adjusting the legislative landscape to account for the increasing importance of data.