"Faced with a camera lens, hideously over-witnessed, I immediately start trying to impersonate myself."
"The Cotard delusion, also known as 'walking corpse syndrome,' is a rare disorder in which patients stop using first-person pronouns and deny their own existence."
"The ubiquity of cameras, which we now carry all the tie in our pockets, makes disaster easer to witness and to reproduce; it may even create a kind of cultural demand for disasters."
"To seek context is already to acknowledge that you don't have the whole story... the ability to seek and understand context is nothing less than a collective survival skill."
"Already in 1890, William James wrote about how interest and attention renders the world from a 'gray chaotic indiscriminateness.'"
"If... attention is a state of openness that assumes there is something new to be seen, it is also true that this state must resist our tendency to declare our observations finished."
"What I'll see depends on how I look, and for how long. It's a lot like breathing. Some kind of attention will always be present, but when we take hold of it, we have the ability to consciously direct, expand, and contract it."