If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden to their fellows.
-Plato, on the invention of writing.
In the old days when everyone played with, I don't know, wooden pegs, kids couldn't wait to do their homework.
"I asked Mr Vann which O levels you need to write situation comedy for television. Mr Vann said you don't need qualifications at all, you just need to be a moron."
— The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾
"We don't like, what we don't, understand in fact it scares us..."
—The mob from Beauty and the Beast, accurate to what most people feel about it.
"Consueta vitia ferimus, nova reprendimus. note "
— Publilius Syrus
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.
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.
"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
"No phone, no phone, I just want to be alone today"
— Cake - No Phone'''
"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.
"There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?"
— Dick Cavett
"People will live in a condition of splendid physical isolation. Television — that is, the ability to see your best friend over a distance of many miles — and wireless telephony will lead to this condition. There will be less desire in those days for close physical communication. That desire is a relic of barbarism."
— Futurist A.M. Lowe, writing about the future in 1920. Inverted because he seemed to see this as a good thing.
"It's nice to see that criticism isn't just for movies and video games. Bloody opera - corrupting our kids..."