14 Of The Wisest Things Said About Modern Life

The digital age (grumpily) decoded

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"Everyone is living for everyone else now. They're doing stuff so they can tell other people about it. I don't get all that social media stuff, I've always got other things I want to do – odd jobs around the house. No one wants to hear about that."
– Karl Pilkington
 

"The strange anthropological lesson of social media is that human beings, if given a choice, often prefer to socialise alone."
– Walter Kirn, novelist

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"Kids should speak to each other. They're horrid to each other online, they bully each other – they should shut up and stop it. The problem with social media is there is too much freedom. It's too much, too young."
– Cara Delevingne


"Social media is called social media for a reason. It lends itself to sharing rather than horn-tooting.
– Margaret Atwood

"Social media is the most disruptive form of communication humankind has seen since the last disruptive form of communications, email."
– Ryan Holmes, founder and CEO of HootSuite

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"Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it."
– Max Frisch, playwright


"I think that people in the phase between being someone's kid and being someone's parent have always been uniquely narcissistic, but that social media makes it really easy to navel-gaze in a way that you've never been able to before."
– Lena Dunham
 

"Contrary to the utopian rhetoric of social media enthusiasts, the Internet often makes the jump from deliberation to participation even more difficult, thwarting collective action under the heavy pressure of never-ending internal debate."
– Evgeny Morozov

"The truth is I've been doing Kickstarter before there was Kickstarter; there was no Internet. Social media was writing letters, making phone calls, beating the bushes."
– Spike Lee


"I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don't trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cellphone screen."
– John Cusack


"Never forget that you live in an ecosystem designed to disrupt you and it will take you for a ride if you let it.”
– Michael Harris
 

"Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we're too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone."
– Steven Spielberg

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