Search engines settle every bar bet, yet deny the ice-breaking bar chatter that may have warmed your bed that night. The art of description is replaced with the accuracy of photography and video—more exact, less compelling. Facebook makes sure that no one misses my birthday while eradicating its meaning. The program is the one sending me cards; relying on the feature, my friends have long forgotten the actual date. … Our information flows in a broader river than ever before, but it’s so shallow. Keeping the digital realm largely confined to desktop cages once contained this devolution, but no more.
– by Daniel Genis