Thursday, May 29, 2008

Best line I read today

"The physical world is very high bandwidth," from this Paul Graham essay.

He is explaining why he is skeptical that online or virtual interactions will ever replace live, in-person ones. This discussion takes place within a larger one in which he tackles how much of people are determined by their city, and what kind of signals different cities give us. For example, earlier he says:
New York tells you, above all: you should make more money....What I like about Boston (or rather Cambridge) is that the message there is: you should be smarter...the message [Silicon] Valley sends is: you should be more powerful.
...A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in conversations you overhear. It's not something you have to seek out, but something you can't turn off.
Interesting throughout. HT: Arnold Kling

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