Sermon quotes on the internet

Dave Barry

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.

Dave Barry in Cyberspace, Ballantine Books

Dave Barry

What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a ‘modem’, can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo

Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, Ballantine Books, p.175.

Michael Calore

Without the internet, we wouldn’t expect instant gratification as often as we do. Not just the ability to get online answers immediately, or same day delivery. Because of the internet, the anticipation of waiting for things is largely gone.

Taken from Blake Snow, “What Would a World Without Internet Look Like?” Atlantic, April 5, 2016,.

Stephen Colbert

Internet users, that blue screen of death you were looking at this morning? That’s the sky. If you’re still confused, look it up on Wikipedia tomorrow.

Cory Doctorow

The biggest impediment to concentration is your computer’s ecosystem of interruption technologies: IM, email alerts, RSS alerts, Skype rings, etc. Anything that requires you to wait for a response, even subconsciously, occupies your attention. Anything that leaps up on your screen to announce something new, occupies your attention.

“Writing in the Age of Distraction”, Locus Magazine, January 2009.

Will Ferrell

Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.

Ian Hart

There’s a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they’d eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn’t true.

Mitchell Kapor

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.

Tony Reinke

Satan blinds hearts by filling eyes with worthless things. His veil over human hearts today is a veil of pixels, and the chains of his spiritual bondage are tethered to the world’s theater.

Taken from Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke, © 2019, p.133. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,

Tony Reinke

Socially, the Internet offers us streams of fragmented information that must be quickly browsed as they pass.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Tony Reinke

The Internet is designed to encourage us to browse information, not to slowly read and digest it.

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books 

Eric Schmidt

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.

Judith Shulevitz

People began to learn, first from the telegraph, then from radio, newsreels, television, and the Internet, that what was happening now, all over the globe, mattered more than what was happening here.

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time (New York: Random House, 2010), 96.

Aaron Smith

A 2018 Pew Research Center study found that the percentage of adults 65 and older who believe that the internet has been mostly good for society has declined 14 points since 2014, from 78 percent to 64 percent. Keep in mind that older adults have been particularly rapid adopters of social media. Younger adults have been more consistent, but even their support has declined, from 79 percent in 2014 to 74 percent in 2018.

“Declining Majority of Online Adults Say the Internet Has Been Good for Society,” Pew Research Center, April 30, 2018.

Stuart Strachan Jr.

Leisure has changed significantly since the dawn of the internet age. A 2008 international survey of 27,500 adults between the ages of 18 and fifty-five found that people spend 30% of their leisure time online. Of all the countries studied, the Chinese spent the largest amount of time online with 44% of their non-working hours spent online.

Source Information from TNS Global, “Digital World, Digital Life,” December 2008.

Nicholas Carr

Most of the proprietors of the commercial Internet have a financial stake in collecting the crumbs of data we leave behind as we flit from link to link—the more crumbs, the better. The last thing these companies want is to encourage leisurely reading or slow, concentrated thought. It’s in their economic interest to drive us to distraction.

“Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” The Atlantic Magazine (July/August 2008), 

Vinton Cerf

Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet.

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