«Iran's blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web»

«Sometimes I think maybe I’m becoming too strict as I age. Maybe this is all a natural evolution of a technology. But I can’t close my eyes to what’s happening: a loss of intellectual power and diversity. In the past, the web was powerful and serious enough to land me in jail. Today it feels like little more than entertainment. So much that even Iran doesn’t take some – Instagram, for instance – serious enough to block.

I miss when people took time to be exposed to opinions other than their own, and bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters. I miss the days when I could write something on my own blog, publish on my own domain, without taking an equal time to promote it on numerous social networks; when nobody cared about likes and reshares, and best time to post.

That’s the web I remember before jail. That’s the web we have to save.»



«Vistos de tão perto, os olhos dela pareciam-lhe aumentados, sobretudo quando ela abria várias vezes seguidas as pálpebras ao acordar; negros à sombra e azul-escuros à claridade do dia, tinham uma espécie de camadas de cores sucessivas que, mais espessas no fundo, iam clareando à medida que se aproximavam da superfície brilhante. O olhar dele perdia-se nesses abismos onde se via em miniatura até aos ombros, com o lenço que lhe cobria a cabeça e o alto da camisa entreaberta.»

Charles, o tolo apaixonado, em Madame Bovary, de Gustave Flaubert