Quotes, books, and information I’m taking in. Themes that are appearing in my life and work.


Thus paranoia in an age of network excess produces a feedback loop: the failure to comprehend a complex world leads to the demand for more and more information, which only further clouds our understanding – revealing more and more complexity that must be accounted for by ever more byzantine theories of the world. More information produces not more clarity, but more confusion.︎ James Bridle
What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.︎W. H. Auden

This situation is completely without precedent, and it is now evolving so quickly that we can barely keep track of where we are. And the more technology evolves, the more that new layers of hardware and software are added, the harder it is to change. This is handing tech capitalists a unique source of power. As the Silicon Valley guru Jaron Lanier puts it, they don’t have to persuade us when they can directly manipulate our experience of the world.
︎Richard Seymour

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.︎H.P. Lovecraft

We expect more from technology and less from each other.︎Sherry Turkle


Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important.︎Carl Jung

People are lonely. The network is seductive. But if we are always on, we may deny ourselves the rewards of solitude.︎Sherry Turkle         


If your experience isn’t strange to you, it’s false.︎Andre Breton


We will live in this world, which for us has all the disquieting strangeness of the desert and of the simulacrum, with all the veracity of living phantoms, of wandering and simulating animals that capital, that the death of capital has made of us—because the desert of cities is equal to the desert of sand—the jungle of signs is equal to that of the forests—the vertigo of simulacra is equal to that of nature—only the vertiginous seduction of a dying system remains, in which work buries work, in which value buries value—leaving a virgin, sacred space without pathways, continuous as Bataille wished it, where only the wind lifts the sand, where only the wind watches over the sand.︎Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation
Reality denied comes back to haunt. ︎Philip K. Dick

Just as early industrial capitalism moved the focus of existence from being to having, post-industrial culture has moved that focus from having to appearing.︎Guy Debord

We are...so far removed from the realities of production and work that we inhabit a dream world of artificial stimuli and televised experience.︎Frederic Jameson

Let us never cease from thinking--what is this "civilisation" in which we find ourselves? What are these ceremonies and why should we take part in them? What are these professions and why should we make money out of them? Where in short is it leading us, the procession of the sons of educated men?︎Virginia Woolf

Today’s society is no longer Foucault’s disciplinary world of hospitals, madhouses, prisons, barracks, and factories. It has long been replaced by another regime, namely a society of fitness studios, office towers, banks, airports, shopping malls, and genetic laboratories. Twenty-first-century society is no longer a disciplinary society, but rather an achievement society [Leistungsgesellschaft]. Also, its inhabitants are no longer “obedience-subjects” but “achievement-subjects.” They are entrepreneurs of themselves.︎Byung-Chul Han

Never have people been more the masters of their environment. Yet never has a people felt more deceived and disappointed. For never has a people expected so much more than the world could offer. We have become so accustomed to our illusions that we mistake them for reality.︎Daniel J. Boorstin


What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.︎Herbert A Simon

We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning.︎Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation
In the age of information overload, the ultimate luxury is meaning and context.︎Louis Rossetto

As William James observed, we must reflect that, when we reach the end of our days, our life experience will equal what we have paid attention to, whether by choice or default. We are at risk, without quite fully realizing it, of living lives that are less our own than we imagine.︎Tim Wu

When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.︎Neil Postman


The masses are the decisive element, they are the rock on which the final victory of the revolution will be built. ︎Rosa Luxemburg


We are social beings who make communities with an urgency, and it is a stern charge to make us take refuge in the lonely world of oneself. ...Racism attempts to occlude our cosmopolitanism (of the songs in and out of our bones), and it often appropriates our mild forms of xenophobia into its own virulent project. Difference among peoples is something that we negotiate in our everyday interactions, asking questions and being better informed of our mutual realities. To transform difference into the body is an act of bad faith, a denial of our shared nakedness. We are, in other words, continuous with everything here on earth. Including, and especially, each other.︎Eula Biss
Let's not forget that, in a time of increasing climate-related events, those who help you will likely not be your Twitter followers; they will be your neighbors.︎Jenny Odell