Maybe the Internet will deliver us?

Robinson Crusoe explains, “It may not be amiss for all people who shall meet my story to make this just observation from it, viz., how frequently in the course of our lives, the evil which in itself we seek most to shun, and which, when we are fallen into it, is the most dreadful to us, is oftentimes the very same means or door of our deliverance, by which alone we can be raised again.” This, of course, is not Crusoe speaking, but Defoe-the reader of so many books.

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Recording the evolution of our intellectual creations

To this self-alienation we have now added
the alienation of our own ideas, and enjoy watching
the destruction of our own past. We no longer record the
evolution of our intellectual creations. To a future
observer, it will appear that our ideas were born fully
developed, like Athena from her father’s brow-except
that, since our historical vocabulary will be forgotten, the
cliche will mean nothing.

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

The past is irrelevant to the web user?

The past (the tradition that leads to our electronic
present) is, for the Web user, irrelevant, since all that
counts is what is currently displayed. Compared to a
book that betrays its age in its physical aspect, a text
called up on the screen has no history.

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

The past is irrelevant to the web user?

The past (the tradition that leads to our electronic
present) is, for the Web user, irrelevant, since all that
counts is what is currently displayed. Compared to a
book that betrays its age in its physical aspect, a text
called up on the screen has no history.

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Internet hatred

how do we run around on the vast field of the internet without being crippled and disfigured by the landmines of hatred that are waiting under every shrub, while still managing to sow the seeds of love, art and awesomeness that blossom ever-greenly?

— Amanda Palmer On Internet Hatred: Please Inquire Within

The last website

Then I came here and started writing this. I’d just composed another piece the other day, so Medium was on my mind. In fact, the whole experience I’ve just described is part of the argument for a site like Medium. That argument goes: No writer should be in the business of making a personal website. They’re hard to find, readers rarely return to them, and besides—let me just contribute this last part myself—they aren’t even fun to make anymore.

I wonder if maybe I’ve made my last website. I don’t know.

The end of history and the last website by Robin Sloan

What you can conceive, you can do

“That’s the problem with a lot of people”, he continued, “they don’t try to do stuff that’s never been done before, so they never do anything, but if they try to do it, they find out there’s lots of things they can do that have never been done before.”

“I guess, I’ve always believed that nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do. Most people think the opposite – that all things are withheld from them which they have conceived to do and they end up doing nothing.”

–Joel Runyon An Unexpected Ass Kicking