When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web…. Now even my cat has its own page.
— Bill Clinton (1946 – ), announcement of Next Generation Internet initiative, 1996
It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. After all, it was designed to withstand nuclear war, not just the puny huffs and puffs of politicians and religious fanatics.
— Denise Caruso, (digital commerce columnist, New York Times)
The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what
you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be
more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.
— Esther Dyson, Interview in Time Magazine, October 2005
On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.
— Peter Steiner, Cartoonist. The New Yorker, July 5, 1993
My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into
the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.
— Penn Jillette (1955 – ), in a Compuserve chat
We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.
— Robert Wilensky, speech at a 1996 conference
The ‘Net is a waste of time, and that’s exactly what’s right about it.
— William Gibson (1948 – )