“Before Photoshop, did everyone believe that images were real?” Zhou asked, in a wondering tone.
“Yes,” Ginosar said. “That’s how totalitarian regimes and propaganda worked.”
“I think that will happen with video, too,” Zhou said. “People will adjust.”
“It’s like with laser printers,” Efros said, picking up a printout from the table. “Before, if you got an official-looking envelope with an official-looking letter, you’d treat it seriously, because it was beautifully typed. Must be the government, right? Now I toss it out.”
"To build a better internet, we should burn it down and start again from the ruins of the the one we have. Failing that, we should start to see the web for what it is: an ongoing political and ideological question about how to think in the world, and how to live together—relations held together by something as yet to be determined." - Gary Zhang
“There’s a whole new literacy that we need if we’re going to live in an index-driven world,” Cortada says. “There’s a different type of literacy that we need and we haven’t articulated what the features are of that literacy.”
“But one of the problems we have — and I don’t blame Google for this, it’s just the nature of the Internet — is that a lot of the time people will have bits and pieces of data flotsam, or whatever you want to call it, little pieces floating around in the ocean. There’s no connection other than the connection you want to make.”