Everything in our background has prepared us to know and resist a prison when the gates begin to close around us... But what if there are no cries of anguish to be heard? Who is prepared to take arms against a sea of amusements? To whom do we complain, and when, and in what tone of voice, when serious discourse dissolves into giggles? What is the antidote to a culture's being drained by laughter?
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse In The Age of Show Business
Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is not a new world: It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advancements, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace.
—Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone
"Greed, fraud, dishonesty, arrogance. These are just some of the adjectives we use to describe Wall Street"
A tweet the Bernie Sanders campaign took down earlier this week. Because these are not adjectives.
"We are on a one-year payment plan for the painting. If we had to pay cash upfront, that would be a little difficult for us"
The couple who spent $170.4 million for a painting by Amedeo Modigliani at an auction last week. They paid with American Express. For the points.
A sample text from a new company called The Breakup Shop. Now, it's possible to pay $10 for somebody else to say 'it's not you, it's me.'
The name of a holiday in China. Think Black Friday meets the anti-Valentine’s Day. It was yesterday, and e-commerce giant Alibaba did a record $14.3 billion in sales. Proving all you need is love. Or a credit card.
An Australian academic, suggesting Aussies can thank their drunk ancestors for the country's accent. And for things like "how’re you going?" and "dusty."
What Donald Trump called a $1 million starter loan he got from his dad. Billionaire politicians, they’re just like us.
One of the things recently banned by China’s Communist Party. They’re apparently not in line with the party’s ‘moral and ethical code.’ Hold the golf clap.