“This is the largest citizen empowerment change seen in history, and it has happened almost entirely from technology. The impact on consumer behaviour and, more importantly, on expectation has been overwhelming—a true game changer. We live in different times and I for one am very tired of hearing examples and role models which are historically inappropriate, holding to a past with little to offer the adaptive approaches required today.”—Kim Williams
'...to appreciate [art] only to the extent that the work functions as one’s mirror would make for a hopelessly reductive experience. But to reject any work because we feel that it does not reflect us in a shape that we can easily recognize—because it does not exempt us from the active exercise of imagination or the effortful summoning of empathy—is our own failure.'
'...when the inevitable downturn arrives and the VC spigot turns off, the Airbnb’s and Ubers and Lyfts will have to figure out how to extract real profits from their operations. That will, in turn, inevitably mean pressure on the wages of the workers who provide the services that these platforms facilitate.'
“…it turns out that this bloody road we walk…is not as cyclical as we may have once thought. This road is not a circle, it’s a downward spiral, leading to new lows, which, I’m sad to say, we’ll be unlucky enough to experience.”—Etgar Keret
'...Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Oakland and Detroit are drawing on their histories of race-related activism or factory shutdowns and using those details to attract business, tourists and new residents. They say the ups and downs of the past helped make them what they are today.'
“We are all on that train, the one that left print behind, the one where we are constantly in real time, where we know a little about everything and nothing about anything, really. And there is no quiet car.”—David Carr
...the Rome dinner shows another side of Mr. Obama.
As one of an increasing number of late-night dinners in his second term, it offers a glimpse into a president who prefers intellectuals to politicians, and into the rarefied company Mr. Obama may keep after he leaves the White House.