"Reading books, and looking on the world through books, teaches us to relate to that which we cannot fully know. Books teach us to see the world multiply, from all its angles… The digital face, on the other hand, encourages us to see the world as multiple, as consisting of hybrids, compositions… Facebook presupposes an inherent presence of another, that there is no I without You… There is an entanglement to social networking that is as meaningful as the book’s pedagogy of mental distance, that I can never in the end fully know you." – Book Was There: Reading In Electronic Times by Andrew Piper

"Reading books, and looking on the world through books, teaches us to relate to that which we cannot fully know. Books teach us to see the world multiply, from all its angles… The digital face, on the other hand, encourages us to see the world as multiple, as consisting of hybrids, compositions… Facebook presupposes an inherent presence of another, that there is no I without You… There is an entanglement to social networking that is as meaningful as the book’s pedagogy of mental distance, that I can never in the end fully know you." – Book Was There: Reading In Electronic Times by Andrew Piper

"In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies-the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions."
-Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited, 1958

"In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies-the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions."

-Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited, 1958

"Senator Eugene McCarthy once compared the journalists covering his 1968 presidential campaign to birds on a telephone wire. When one got up to fly to a different wire, they’d all follow. When another flew back, the rest would too. Today this metaphor needs an update. The birds still follow one another’s leads just as eagerly-but the wire need not always exist. They can be and often are perched on illusions…"
- Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday Ch 16. The Link Economy: The Leveraged Illusion of Sourcing (p. 153)

"Senator Eugene McCarthy once compared the journalists covering his 1968 presidential campaign to birds on a telephone wire. When one got up to fly to a different wire, they’d all follow. When another flew back, the rest would too. Today this metaphor needs an update. The birds still follow one another’s leads just as eagerly-but the wire need not always exist. They can be and often are perched on illusions…"

- Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday
Ch 16. The Link Economy: The Leveraged Illusion of Sourcing (p. 153)

“Social media isn’t a set of tools to allow humans to communicate with humans. It is a set of embedding mechanisms to allow technologies to use humans to communicate with each other, in an orgy of self-organizing… The Matrix had it wrong. You’re not the battery power in a global, human-enslaving AI, you are slightly more valuable. You are part of the switching circuitry.”
– Venkatesh Rao, “The Greasy, Fix-It ‘Web of Intent’ Vision”, http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2010/08/17/the-greasy-fix-it-web-of-intent-vision/

“Social media isn’t a set of tools to allow humans to communicate with humans. It is a set of embedding mechanisms to allow technologies to use humans to communicate with each other, in an orgy of self-organizing… The Matrix had it wrong. You’re not the battery power in a global, human-enslaving AI, you are slightly more valuable. You are part of the switching circuitry.”
– Venkatesh Rao, “The Greasy, Fix-It ‘Web of Intent’ Vision”, http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2010/08/17/the-greasy-fix-it-web-of-intent-vision/

"In an age of images and entertainment, in an age of instant emotional gratification, we neither seek nor want honesty or reality. Reality is complicated. Reality is boring. We are incapable or unwilling to handle its confusion."

— Chris Hedges
(quoted by Ryan Holiday in Trust Me, I’m Lying - Confessions of a Media Manipulator p. 67)

"The big threat of photoshopification is not that we will believe documents and photos that are fake. It’s that we’ll find it easier to disbelieve documents and photos that are real. When it’s convenient."

— Brooke Gladstone, The Influencing Machine, p. 127