"Harman, the size of the world has changed. It's changed to the size where you can control it with your hands just like a PDA. The world will... keep getting smaller. (laughs)"
—Kun Lan, Killer7
'"The individual is supposed to be weak. But far from powerless — a single person has the potential to ruin the world. And the age of digitized communication has given even more power to the individual. Too much power for an immature species."
—The Patriots, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Dr. Melfi: Sounds to me like Anthony Junior may have stumbled onto existentialism.
Tony: Fuckin' internet.
—The Sopranos, "D-Girl"
"He's been playing those video games an awful lot. Makes him a very good shooter. Holding that controller's like holding a gun, they say in the news! You gotta help me, I fear for my life!"
—Max Payne 2
"It's nice to see that criticism isn't just for movies and video games. Bloody opera - corrupting our kids..."
"All the new media are art forms which have the power of imposing, like poetry, their own assumptions. The new media are not ways of relating us the 'real' world; they are the real world and they reshape what remains of the old world at will."
"We've got to nip this Internet thing in the bud..."
— Attributed to both Sen. James Exon and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, circa 1996
"Any new media or industry that grows rapidly is going to be criticized. That's just because the older, more established media have been around, and a lot of adults can be very conservative. They may not have an open mind to new things that weren't around when they were growing up, and are replacing the things they grew up with... over the years I've seen this standard image of a child playing a video game in which the child is alone in a darkened room, with his face very close to the TV, with the light of the TV reflecting off his face, holding the controller and just staring at the TV. I'd really like to be able to change that image of video games into something that's a little more positive."
"Newsreaders still feel it is worth a special and rather worrying mention if, for instance, a crime was planned by people 'over the Internet'. They don't bother to mention when criminals use the telephone or the M4, or discuss their dastardly plans over a cup of tea."
"The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization."
—Julian Assange (yes, that one)
"In the old days when everyone played with, I don't know, wooden pegs, kids couldn't wait to do their homework!"
"This is a problem much bigger than Facebook. It reminded me of what can go wrong in society, and why we now often talk at each other instead of to each other. We set up our political and social filter bubbles and they reinforce themselves—the things we read and watch have become hyper-niche and cater to our specific interests. We go down rabbit holes of special interests until we’re lost in the queen’s garden, cursing everyone above ground."
"There were no truthers back in the 20th century. I grew up in the Golden Age of Kennedy Assassination Conspiracies, but the word 'truther' was never used to describe Oliver Stone or any of the other folks who decried the Magic Bullet theory. Conspiracy theorists were just that, and nothing more.
But the advent of the internet has allowed conspiracy theorists to blossom—to become even more deeply immersed in their own version of the truth. You can find 'proof' of pretty much anything online if you're willing to look and you are strong of faith. At the dawn of the 21st century, conspiracy theorists acquired the power to link up and buttress one another. You no longer need to feel alone with your birther theory. You can find support. You can find validation.
And this is how the truthering movement came into being. The modern truther is more than a simple nutjob conspiracy theorist. Being a truther means believing your truth to such an extent that you shun anyone who dares question it. Let the SHEEPLE out there think that two airplanes knocked down the Twin Towers. A truther knows better. The rest of you are so naïve, so easily led astray. Your wrongness is almost comical. I LAUGH AT YOUR IGNORANCE HAHAHAHAHA I BET YOU HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN LOOSE CHANGE YET. A truther is a rabid devotee of horseshit—someone who can take any imperfection in a tragic narrative and construct an iron mountain of garbage from it. And they'll probably end up dooming us all."
"They used to hate all the internet. And then they learned that they could could pictures of breasts on it, and now they only hate social media. 'Social Websites Melt Children's Brains', which is kinda ironic, because the Daily Mail melts old people's brains."
Martin Robbins, "Why the Daily Mail is Evil"
"I love this dude who is, as Judd Nelson describes him, a “hot weapons” dealer. Not only does he smuggle his guns by duct-taping them to the insides of arcade machine cabinets, but he’s also the prototypical version of the ’90s long-haired scumbag bad guy on every episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. I just love that this thriving criminal empire is contingent on the continued existence of arcades. Out of curiosity, how many arcades do you think were accidentally blown up when he tried to pack hand grenades into Dance Dance Revolution machines?"
"To put things into perspective, the movie Pan's Labyrinth came out the same year as Rule of Rose. Both are quite similar: they star little girls that have to live in unnatural conditions (the Spanish Civil War, an orphanage) and who escape in a world of make-believe that is potentially even worse than their reality. In either case, whether or not the supernatural elements are real is open to interpretation. Pan's Labyrinth received Oscars and its director went on to direct Hollywood blockbusters. Rule of Rose was mostly ignored and the only notoriety is has received was for allegedly being violent kiddie porn. It's hard not to see this as a case study for how unfairly games are treated in mainstream media."
—Hardcore Gaming 101
"The fact that games are a threat to traditional media is why they’re constantly being marginalized by the mainstream. And this marginalization explains why we have so many pathetic editorials by game journalists and industry spokespeople who try to find ways to 'legitimize' gaming in the eyes of the media and make it more 'inclusive', 'mainstream', and 'accepted'. They don’t get it. They don’t understand that it’s a war, and videogames and the new media are winning big time. Calling videogames artistically illegitimate, childish, etc. is the only weapon of the old media, besides lobbying for games to be classified as dangerous killing simulators."
"Just wait until our generation is old enough to be in congress. Then we'll be going after whatever the kids of that generation like without doing the research."
"I'd like to think we'd be a little better than that... but seeing how many people who grew up with their parents going after The Beatles and Elvis Presley now wigging out over Video Games and Harry Potter... you might be more Genre Savvy than you think."
—a couple of forum posts.