"It is digital literacy that may produce the real separation between the haves and the have-nots. I’m not talking about knowing how to use a computer or a phone. I’m talking about being able to navigate the bullshit and misinformation that dominates these social networks and news platforms."
- The New Digital Divide: Privilege and Misinformation in Modern Media | Betabeat
"The Internet rewards the curious. I don’t think it has as many positive effects on the incurious. If you just go there to follow Justin Beiber around, it’s not necessarily going to expand your intellectual world. No disrespect to Justin Beiber."
- Clive Thompson | The Internet Is Making You Smarter, Really
"If you’re between 8 and 18, you spend more than 11 hours a day plugged into an electronic device. The average American teen now spends nearly every waking moment on a smart phone or computer or watching TV. This seismic shift in how kids spend their time is having a profound effect on the way they make friends, the way they date, and their introduction to the world of sex."
- What Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, and Internet Porn Are Doing to America’s Teenage Girls
"Spreading literacy is never just about teaching people to read, it is also about imposing specific values about how and what people ought to read. In the same way, we might question whether Internet.org’s goal of spreading “connectedness” isn’t also tied to a desire for people to “connect” in a specific way. Though we often ascribe an innate democratic and participatory spirit to the Internet, almost all of our Internet activity today is mediated through platforms whose protocols impose a very specific logic on the ways we use sites and connect to one another. And the data generated from such activity — much like the information spread through the teaching of literacy — can be used to exploit just as easily as it can be used to liberate."
- Spreading Literacy, Spreading Internet - The Atlantic
"It seems odd that at the beginning of the Internet everyone decided everything should stick around forever."
- Snapchat co-founder | All My Exes Live in Texts: Why the Social Media Generation Never Really Breaks Up
"A study last year found that driving by young people decreased 23 percent between 2001 and 2009. The millennials don’t value cars and car ownership, they value technology — they care about what kinds of devices you own … The percentage of young drivers is inversely related to the availability of the Internet [research found]. Why spend an hour driving to work when you could take the bus or train and be online?"
- The End of Car Culture - NYTimes.com
"Cat owners are primarily confined to their homes. There’s no cat park. The Internet is the cat park."
- Scott Stulen, Internet Cat Video Festival (via Wired.com)
"Microsoft is said to be the second-largest employer of anthropologists in the world, behind only the U.S. government."
- Anthropology Inc. - Graeme Wood - The Atlantic (via thisistheverge)