„The reality distortion field was a confounding mélange of a charismatic rhetorical style, indomitable will, and eagerness to bend any fact to fit the purpose at hand“

—  Walter Isaacson, buch Steve Jobs

Quelle: Steve Jobs

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Walter Isaacson1
US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller 1952

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John Perry Barlow Foto

„They get turned into a very uniform belief block. TV in America created the most coherent reality distortion field that I’ve ever seen.“

—  John Perry Barlow American poet and essayist 1947 - 2018

John Perry Barlow 2.0 (2004)
Kontext: You now have two distinct ways of gathering information beyond what you yourself can experience. One of them is less a medium than an environment — the Internet — with a huge multiplicity of points of view, lots of different ways to find out what's going on in the world. Lots of people are tuned to that, and a million points of view have bloomed. It creates a cacophony of viewpoints that doesn't have any political coherence at all, a beautiful melee, but it doesn't have the capacity to create large blocs of belief.
The other medium, TV, has a much smaller share of viewers than at any time in the past, but those viewers get all their information there. They get turned into a very uniform belief block. TV in America created the most coherent reality distortion field that I’ve ever seen. Therein is the problem: People who vote watch TV, and they are hallucinating like a sonofabitch. Basically, what we have in this country is government by hallucinating mob.

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„Rhetoric is no substitute for reality.“

—  Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930

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„What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, buch Zen und die Kunst ein Motorrad zu warten

Introduction
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974)
Kontext: What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. However, it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either.

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„But when mischief mortals bend their will,
How soon they find fit instruments of ill!“

—  Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock

Canto III, line 125.
The Rape of the Lock (1712, revised 1714 and 1717)

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Charles Stross Foto

„It’s like a steam locomotive or a stone axe: just because it’s obsolete doesn’t make it any less of an achievement, or any less fit for purpose.“

—  Charles Stross, The Laundry Files

Quelle: The Laundry Files, The Fuller Memorandum (2010), Chapter 7, “Beer and Tea” (p. 111)

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„Man keeps looking for a truth to fit his reality. Given our reality, the truth doesn't fit.“

—  Werner Erhard Critical Thinker and Author 1935

[Adelaide Bry, 1976, est, 60 Hours that Transform Your Life, New York, Avon, 17]
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„Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.“

—  Hannah Arendt, buch Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft

Quelle: On the subject “alternate facts”. Source: The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in 1951. As quoted by Scroll Staff (December 04, 2017): Ideas in literature: Ten things Hannah Arendt said that are eerily relevant in today’s political times https://web.archive.org/web/20191001213756/https://scroll.in/article/856549/ten-things-hannah-arendt-said-that-are-eerily-relevant-in-todays-political-times. In: Scroll.in. Archived from the original https://scroll.in/article/856549/ten-things-hannah-arendt-said-that-are-eerily-relevant-in-todays-political-times on October 1, 2019.

Virginia Woolf Foto

„Distorted realities have always been my cup of tea.“

—  Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941

Quelle: Selected Diaries

„Distorting hackneyed words in hackneyed songs
He turns revolt into a style, prolongs
The impulse to a habit of the time.“

—  Thom Gunn English poet 1929 - 2004

"Elvis Presley,", in The Sense of Movement (1957).
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„Order… is information that fits a purpose.“

—  Ray Kurzweil Author, scientist, inventor, and futurist 1948

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence (1999)

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„There is not any kind of meaning in the lyrics, in fact it was an attempt at completely deconstructing reality.“

—  Viktor Tsoi Soviet rock musician (1962-1990) 1962 - 1990

In an 1987 interview, "Aluminum Cucumbers" http://russiantumble.com/tag/viktortsoi/ (7 November 2012)

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