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Quote of the Day: The Frankenstein's Lab that Is the Internet

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 5 2012

"We think of [the Internet] as something like an abandoned mad scientist’s laboratory, in which various experiments in cognitive processing have been left to fizz and overflow together. Some of these experiments are turning into monsters, others unviable chimeras, others yet interesting hybrids." — Henry Farrell, parsing "The Politics of Open Data" on Crooked Timber. Read More

Quote of the Day: 'A Time of Fast Changes'

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 23 2011

I think the changes are happening, not only in China but also elsewhere. We are at a time of fast changes because of new technologies and also the technologies bring a lot of possibilities. I think we are living in a ... Read More

Quote of the Day: A Southern Republican View of Twitter

BY Nick Judd | Monday, November 21 2011

I use Twitter to talk to mainstream media. I think that Twitter is a place to talk to opinion leaders. That's where you talk to the press, you talk to activists, big donors, other legislators. On both these platforms, ... Read More

Second Egypt Quote of the Day: 'Inscribed On the Walls'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 3 2011

In the few hours that sunlight enters the dark cell we read what a past cellmate has inscribed on the walls in an elegant Arabic calligraphy. Four walls covered from floor to ceiling in Qur'anic verses and prayers and ... Read More

First Egypt Quote of the Day: Less Deadly, Shorter, More Theatrical

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, November 3 2011

I think there is an overrating of the role of the Internet and social media in revolutionizing the Egyptian youths and the Egyptian public. For example, the most important factor in triggering the Egyptian revolution was ... Read More

Quote of the Day: Hearts and Minds

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 24 2011

The Republicans in Congress are using new media technology to compete for the attention of Beltway reporters ... We use it to compete for the attention of the American people ... These are two different goals. — ... Read More

Quote of the Day: You Can't Go Back

BY Nick Judd | Friday, October 21 2011

A few years ago, using Google Earth, I attempted to take my parents back to Cuba. We found the rooftop of the house where my father was born. What I wouldn’t give to visit these places where my story really began, ... Read More

Video Quote of the Day: Friends and Family

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, October 18 2011

— David Almacy, now at Edelman Public Relations, emphasizing that social media will be a way for people who support a candidate in 2012 to get their friends and family to do the same. (Via Jordan Raynor) Read More

Quote of the Day: Cities' 'Cyborg Future'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, October 13 2011

I have been accused in this first couple months of promoting democracy by spreadsheet. The [Chicago open] data portal has been called a junk drawer. I think we need to think hard about -- the cynic says, get rid of ... Read More

Quote of the Day: Only the Algorithm Knows

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, September 21 2011

That really bothers me, because that's the crux of this. And you don't know. So we're trying to have a hearing here about whether you favor your own stuff, and you're asked that question, and you admittedly don’t know ... Read More