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social media

social media companies influence how people think and behave without them even being aware of it. this has far-reaching adverse consequences on the functioning of democracy, particularly on the integrity of elections.

in addition, social media companies deceive their users by manipulating their attention and directing it towards their own commercial purposes and deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide. the latter can be very harmful, particularly for adolescents.

the power to shape people’s attention is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few companies. it takes a real effort to assert and defend what john stuart mill called ‘the freedom of mind’. there is a possibility that once lost, people who grow up in the digital age will have difficulty in regaining it. this may have far-reaching political consequences.

an “even more alarming prospect” is on the horizon if data-rich internet companies such as facebook and google pair their corporate surveillance systems with state-sponsored surveillance – a trend that’s already emerging in places such as the philippines.

this may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even aldous huxley or george orwell could have imagined.

-: george soros

28
January 2018

tortilla

i once wrote a song about a tortilla – actually it was more of a wrap

– paul mccartney

04
January 2018

cat

when you put the cat out, always use a high-quality fire extinguisher

 – mrs trellis

17
October 2017

ink

how do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?

– steven wright

01
September 2017

subliminal

i have never seen subliminal advertising

– anon

23
July 2017

on it

I bought the A4 pad from may’s shop like I always do and wrote ‘on it’ on it – on the front of it. Then I opened the A4 pad like I always do and got a pen that I will have lost half a dozen times – lost and found – found then lost again and picked up the now found pen and found I was lost – lost for words

– tony pitts

30
June 2017

fire

one afternoon, when I was four years old, my father came home, and he found me in the living room in front of a roaring fire, which made him very angry. because we didn’t have a fireplace

– victor borge

23
January 2017

schizophrenic

roses are red, violets are blue, i’m schizophrenic and so am I

– oscar levant

16
November 2016

dwarf knight

once upon a time there was a dwarf knight who only had fifty words to live in and they were so fleeting that he only had time to put on a suit of armor and ride swiftly on a black horse into a very well-lit woods where he vanished forever

– richard brautigan

05
September 2016

kamikaze

why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

– al mcguire

13
May 2016

giraffe

a bit of advice: never read a pop-up book about giraffes

– sean locke

05
May 2016

pesto

today there’s something cloying about people’s compulsive need to be in touch all the time. In the 1960s, husbands and wives set out for their day’s work and came together again only when that work was done: there were none of those “i’m on the train” messages telling every stranger within a 10-yard radius the details of your private life. this difference was more than technical. people had individual lives to lead and were less dependent on each other for the rough and tumble of daily living. the call from the supermarket (“which pesto sauce do you want?”) was unthinkable. and not only because we’d never heard of pesto. people simply had to make decisions for themselves and it made them more resourceful. harold and I were very resourceful indeed

– joan bakewell

06
April 2016

temptation

lead us not into temptation. just tell us where it is; we’ll find it

– sam levenson

17
November 2015

beard

It’s not a beard, it’s an animal I’ve trained to sit very still

– bill bailey

21
October 2015

change

change is inevitable – except from a vending machine

– robert gallagher

14
July 2015

teeth

life is short. smile while you still have teeth

– vonovitch

20
May 2015

holiday

we didn’t know, when we booked our holiday in Greece that it was to stay in the local hospital. we only found out when our baby suffered sun stroke on the second day…..

– vonovitch

14
October 2014

007

strangely enough the products bacon, eggs, bread and milk – when played on the receipt print head of the self serve till in tescos express this morning – perfectly recreated a small section of the james bond theme tune

– richard stephens

14
July 2014

bats

The hallway always felt an uncomfortable place, even on the brightest of summer days, but the evenings were worse. It was on the night that rain hammered against the thin handmade glass windows, the draught swinging the pale light above my head, that I first experienced the resident bats.

– William Beckett

18
March 2014

tombstone

I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment’

– Andy Warhol

18
March 2014
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