Archive for September, 2001

OPERATION INFINITE JEST

September 21, 2001

“The whole smug, Gen-X irony, it just feels like it’s permanently obsolete.”

Todd Hanson, head writer for The Onion, on feeling displaced in a postironic world, Chicago Tribune, 21 September 2001

THE SECOND TIME AS FARCE

September 20, 2001

“Tragedy purges the mind of trivia.”

Noted technofruitopian George Gilder, who also believes that Microsoft’s blue screen of death is the greatest technological threat to mankind, Gilder.org, 17 September 2001

ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL

September 19, 2001

“We don’t believe that Microsoft or any one company will be the only authorization provider on the Internet.”

Microsoft executive Brian Arbogast, on the company’s plan to open its Passport system to other website-registration schemes, and in the darkness bind them, in the land of Redmond where the servers lie, News.com, 19 September 2001

FLY THE ENDLY SKIES

September 18, 2001

“In light of last week’s tragedies, we believe our early booking levels are an encouraging indication of the resilience of the American spirit.”

Expedia CEO Richard Barton, attempting to put a positive spin in the air as his site’s flight sales fell by two-thirds, TheStreet.com, 18 September 2001

THE LONG BOOM

September 17, 2001

“We have much to do and much to ask of the American people. You will be asked for your patience, for the conflict will not be short.”

U.S. President George W. Bush, on conducting a drawn-out fight in the age of instant gratification, CNN.com, 15 September 2001

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