R.R. Reno – Trumpageddon

“It’s not just Fox. MSNBC and other networks have developed their own political shout shows — verbal versions of World Wide Wrestling matches. Talking heads bluster, interrupt, and otherwise disport themselves in rude ways. Viewers rejoice in the spectacle. Advertising is sold. Money is made.”

So I Married an Axe Murderer

Charlie : “Mom, I find it interesting that you refer to the Weekly World News as “The Paper.” The paper contains facts.”May: “This paper contains facts. And this paper has the eighth highest circulation in the whole wide world. Right? Plenty of facts. “Pregnant man gives birth.” That’s a fact.”

A.O. Scott

“On the Internet, everyone is a critic — a Yelp-fueled takedown artist, an Amazon scholar, a cheerleader empowered by social media to Like and to Share. The inflated, always suspect authority of ink-stained wretches like me has been leveled by digital anarchy. Who needs a cranky nag when you have a friendly algorithm telling you, based on your previous purchases, that there is something You May Also Like, and legions of Facebook friends affirming the wisdom of your choice?”

Frank Bruni

“Although the Internet could be making all of us smarter, it makes many of us stupider, because it’s not just a magnet for the curious. It’s a sinkhole for the gullible. It renders everyone an instant expert. You have a degree? Well, I did a Google search!”

The Onion

“Citing years of frustration over their advice being misunderstood, misrepresented or simply ignored, America’s foremost experts in every field collectively tendered their resignation Monday.”

Kurt Vonnegut – Breakfast of Champions (1973)

“And here, according to Trout, was the reason human beings could not reject ideas because they were bad: ‘Ideas on Earth were badges of friendship or enmity. Their content did not matter. Friends agreed with friends, in order to express friendliness. Enemies disagreed with enemies, in order to express enmity.”

Bertrand Russell Quote – 1928 Essay

“The skepticism that I advocate amounts only to this:(1) that when the experts are agreed, the opposite opinion cannot be held to be certain;(2) that when they are not agreed, no opinion can be regarded as certain by a non-expert; and(3) that when they all hold that no sufficient grounds for a positive opinion exist, the ordinary man would do well to suspend his judgment.”