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Born: 1980-12-17
Profession: Businessman
Nation: American
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I think it's easier than ever to hear only what you want to hear. That doesn't make a good citizen.

Tags: Citizen, Good, Hear

I think that people post to social media to help shape their public identity.

Tags: Help, Public, Social

If you only have one shot at writing a headline, there's a lot of pressure.

Tags: Pressure, Shot, Writing

Democracy actually requires that the whole public be able to see common problems and address them and step outside of their own sort of narrow self-interest to do so.

Tags: Democracy, Problems, Whole

If you Google some sites about the link between vaccines and autism, you can very quickly find that Google is repeating back to you your view about whether that link exists and not what scientists know, which is that there isn't a link between vaccines and autism. It's a feedback loop that's invisible.

Tags: Between, View, Whether

If you look at the history of how information flows, there was a time that newspapers were kind of in the place that Google and Facebook are now - how do we get more people to buy a copy? Then there was a shift in the early 20th century. They needed to do better, and readers and consumers demanded that of them.

Tags: History, Place, Time

It feels great to have your own views reflected back to you, and you feel so right, but actually it's very dangerous. Because to make good decisions, you need to have a clear view of what all the options are.

Tags: Decisions, Good, Great

Rather than saying people aren't interested when things don't take off, you should take it on yourself to say, 'I'm not doing a great job of telling the story in a way that makes it interesting.'

Tags: Great, Job, Yourself

The important thing to remember with the Internet is that there are large companies that have an interest in controlling how information flows in it. They're very effective at lobbying Congress, and that pattern has locked down other communication media in the past. And it will happen again unless we do something about it.

Tags: Happen, Past, Remember

There's the idea that people should be able to control how the information that they're giving to websites is used and monetized in a more clear and powerful way. That's something that probably will need government action.

Tags: Giving, Government, Powerful

There's the part that I just want what I want, and I don't want to be bothered by anything else, and sort of the short-term more compulsive self. And then that's the longer-term, aspirational self that wants to be informed about the world and wants to be a good citizen. The best media basically helps us strike a balance between those two things.

Tags: Best, Good, Self

To be a good citizen, it's important to be able to put yourself in other people's shoes and see the big picture. If everything you see is rooted in your own identity, that becomes difficult or impossible.

Tags: Good, Impossible, Yourself

We thought that the Internet was going to connect us all together. As a young geek in rural Maine, I got excited about the Internet because it seemed that I could be connected to the world. What it's looking like increasingly is that the Web is connecting us back to ourselves.

Tags: Thought, Together, Young

Whether it's Facebook or Google or the other companies, that basic principle that users should be able to see and control information about them that they themselves have revealed to the companies is not baked into how the companies work. But it's bigger than privacy. Privacy is about what you're willing to reveal about yourself.

Tags: Control, Work, Yourself

Even my aunt Joan, hopelessly sentimental about every member of our family, admitted that I was hideous.

Tags: Aunt, Family, Member

Even the simplest wicker basket can become priceless when it is loved and cared for through the generations of a family.

Tags: Become, Family, Loved

It has not been an easy name, yet it has brought me many a laugh.

Tags: Easy, Laugh, Name

The last occasions when the timetable of our lives would be interrupted for many years to come.

Tags: Last, Lives, Occasions

It has not been an easy cross to bear. It has caused considerable confusion. My husband constantly complained about the awkwardness of being married to a woman whom he called Sister.

Tags: Confusion, Husband, Woman
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