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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Umberto Eco and information

This post is a collection of quotes from writer Umberto Eco (1932-2016) about information. There are 4 quotes listed below.


1. "After all, the cultivated person's first duty is to be always prepared to rewrite the encyclopaedia." (Language and Lunacy, 1998)


2. "We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay." (The Name of the Rose, 1980)


3. "The problem with the internet is that it gives you everything - reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate." (


4."Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals in carrying out a coup d'├ętat, still use tanks... Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications." (Travels in Hyperreality, 1986)