“Aphorisms are interesting concepts because they don't arrive via an argument. You don't get syllogistically to an aphorism. An aphorism simply, but not merely, feels true. It feels right, which I think is often how poems work as well.”
“Autonomous vehicles are programmed whenever a human is on the road to stop or swerve...Already we have reports of where the Google car (the Waymo car, I guess I should say now), people have already figured this out and are beginning to play chicken with it...All of these unintended consequences have to be taken into account.”
“I'm not really saying anything that they're not already saying in the particular chapters I'm talking about. What I'm trying to do is just push their ideas, if you like, to their logical conclusions, where they're almost creating problems for themselves and their own way of acting and being as theorists or philosophers.”
"I really think this is the most important intellectual work we could be doing today... A politics with a vision. A politics of worldbuilding. A politics that recognizes the long, hard work of it. A politics that goes beyond the weekend protest that looks good on TV and is more defined by the everyday, nitty-gritty, hard work of showing up and trying to build a new world.”
“This idea that only a few people--who happen to be white men--created change, to me that was a pretty limiting history. So I was really writing against this 'founding fathers' story of digital culture.”
“That experience of being in this country as an immigrant, both inside and outside, having to adopt certain ways of thinking and having to erase other ways of thinking, other parts of me that cannot be rendered in this new context, I think that's where this idea [of nodocentrism] came from.”
“It's hard to look at pictures without saying 'oh that's just a picture' and not think about all the kinds of connections that are being made...I'm using this other mode of thinking, which has different affordances and it allowed me to think about things in different ways.”
“If I set failure as a goal, then I put myself into a paradoxical position because either I fail to reach it--so in some sense I've succeeded at failing--or I succeed in reaching it, in which case I failed at failing. Paradoxes and impossible goals really intrigue me.”
“There are a lot of horrifying things lurking in the autocomplete field...People used to confess to their priest or some sort of trusted figure and now people spell out their secrets to the search bar, to the machine.”
“I was thinking about the historical moment in which it was created and I was thinking about it as a cultural critic and cultural historian who is interested in issues of social justice, who is interested in reading people who have at times been marginal to the narrative... But also leaving some room for ambiguity.”
“There's always the nostalgia of something with the concept of biopolitics. And it's even more visible with Agamben. I mean I love Agamben...but I must confess that there is something that I cannot accept...the underlying nostalgia for something that would be pure and authentic.”
"This is a problem that cannot really be solved using a computer itself. This is something that humans have to discuss and ultimately decide on...This is a conversation that all of society has to engage in.”
"What if, instead, we flipped the script and start with the present day and dig further and further backwards in time...see all of these tropes and morphologies and hopes and dreams recurring and echoing as we go further and further back into history?”
"The relationship that has long characterized the domain of language and the domain of image...that boundary is also being eroded and shifted around in a variety of ways and punctuation illustrates that nicely...it hovers between language and image in provocative ways.”
"I really enjoyed adopting this position of the medium, where I was searching for these voices that had been forgotten or erased from history...[I became] the one who would transmit these voices to others."
"The face is a real thing. It actually matters...It has this massive amount of functional importance in our lives. It's also the site of enormous amounts of status...our face becomes a representative of who we are in some essential way."
"A book that can show you how the distinct operations, both the form and the content of particular comics, speak to much wider structures of power, identity politics, and social reality...that, to me, is a strong study.
"In so many circumstances, violence on the part of dominant powers and dominant people is allowed to take place because inequalities are allowed to exist and persist... In order to struggle for the eradication of violence, it needs to go hand in hand with the eradication of inequality."
"This goes back to why Arendt argued that we needed 'public' and 'private.' The 'private' is kind of a refuge from politics. Even though politics is a good thing, you don't want to be in it and doing it all the time because that's exhausting."
"I managed to refuse to have a mobile phone... I can sit there in a train carriage, look out the window, and, of course there’s some kind of mediation going on there, but it’s free from the kind of mediation which seems to consume most of us most of the time."
"Until we're able to speak about this racism as something that's coming out of 'us' -- and here I'm speaking particularly as a white person -- out of our culture more broadly, then we don't have a chance of really trying to handle what this persistent racism is."
"My anxiety about the future of critical theory is partly that if it doesn't figure out a way to engage more with other kinds of critical traditions--postcolonial theory is one example, but also feminist theory and queer theory and critical philosophy of race--then I worry about the extent to which this project has a robust future."
"Of the Trump supporters and Clinton supporters, there were practically no television shows in each group's mutual top 25... There's almost no overlap, not just in terms of political messaging, but also in cultural messaging."