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First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist. Next they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
(Pastor Niemoeller, victim of the Holocaust)

It’s an unreal universe, a soluble tissue of nothingness. While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where- in the holy names of Education and Progress - important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued. (Clifford Stoll)

When the first 200 letters came, the guards gave me back my clothes. Then the next 200 letters came and the prison director came to see me... The letters kept coming: three thousand of them. The President was informed. The letters still kept arriving and the President called the prison and told them to let me go. (Letter from a former prisoner of conscience
in the Dominican Republic, 1998 Amnesty brochure)

We tend to overestimate technology in the short term and underestimate it in the long term. (Arthur C. Clark)

Computers gave us power over the screen and allowed us to personalize information-processing. It is not the world that is becoming global; we are. That’s the good news. The bad news is that every technological innovation brings about an opposite counter-reaction: globalization encourages hyperlocalization, which in many parts of the world, brings social unrest, various patterns of racism and armed conflicts… To the extent that people are globalized, they will also emphasize their local identity all the more. The threat of Babel revisited lurks in the Gulf War, Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. (Derrick De Kerkhove, Skin of Culture)

Technology should solve problems that people face, and make lives better and richer. If we view people as a problem... then our technological solutions will be fundamentally anti-human... If we view better lives for people as the goal, however, technology can indeed be good. It can increase choices, break down barriers, reduce harm, and eliminate bottlenecks and dull, uncreative work. The most important thing to remember is that we still have choices to make, individually and collectively. These choices may not be easy or simple. They may not always make everyone happy. But it is not too late to be masters of the machines, rather than their servants, to turn them to our own ends, rather than feel helpless before them. (Paul De Groot - referring to the proclamation by the Canadian Catholic bishops on technology)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Arthur C. Clark)