"The basic problem is that web 2.0 tools are not supportive of democracy by design. They are tools designed to gather spy-agency-like data in a seductive way, first and foremost, but as a side effect they tend to provide software support for mob-like phenomena."
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."Jaron Lanier on Steve Jobs
"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality."Jaron Lanier on Walt Disney
"The artist in me cries out for design."Jaron Lanier on Robert Frost
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."Jaron Lanier on Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy."Jaron Lanier on Erma Bombeck
"Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone."
"What does it mean to not be alone? I've approached that question through music, technology, writing and other means."
"My parents were kind of like me in that they had tons and tons of weird, amazing stuff."
"Anonymous blog comments, vapid video pranks and lightweight mash-ups may seem trivial and harmless, but as a whole, this widespread practice of fragmentary, impersonal communication has demeaned personal interaction."
"Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions."
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