MUST-FLEE TV

“Use of the Internet is reducing television viewing around the world while having little impact on positive aspects of social life.”

UCLA researcher Jeffrey Cole, on how the Internet is making life better for everyone besides TV network execs, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 January 2004

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IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE LOSES A DOMAIN NAME

“We take our trademark seriously, but in this case maybe a little too seriously.”

Microsoft flack Jim Desler, demonstrating his company’s hastily discovered sense of humor about Canadian teenager Mike Rowe’s eponymous website, mikerowesoft.com, Forbes.com, 20 January 2004

TIME TO PAY THE POPPER

“I haven’t spoken to any people who say I love pop-ups, send me more of them. But they are part of a quid pro quo. If you want to enjoy the content of a website that is free,the pop-ups come with it.”

David Moore, CEO of online advertising firm 24/7 Real Media, ignoring the fact that pop-up ads make it impossible to read a website, let alone enjoy it, The New York Times, 19 January 2004

GAG NEW ORDER

“For us to be gagged so we can’t criticize other Sims is an enormous frustration. You can’t improve this society without being able to talk about what’s wrong with it.”

Sims Online player Catherine Fitzpatrick, who’s apparently unaware that there’s a whole world she’s free to complain about, if she’d only bother to log off, The New York Times, 15 January 2004

CHOICE WORDS, INDEED

“Windows is about choice — you can mix and match software and music player stuff.”

Microsoft executive Dave Fester, criticizing HP for bundling Apple’s iTunes Music Store and making it clear that everyone should feel free to create Windows-based music stores selling Windows Media-encoded songs to play on Windows-compatible players, New York Post, 14 January 2004