[Ads-l] Appeal for Notable Quotations of 2021

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 30 12:57:26 UTC 2021

The largest social media company in the world just rebranded itself
while pointing to a future based in virtual reality.

Website: Facebook Company (Now Meta)
Title: Founder’s Letter, 2021
Author: Mark Zuckerberg
Date: October 28, 2021


[Begin excerpt]
The next platform will be even more immersive — an embodied internet
where you’re in the experience, not just looking at it. We call this
the metaverse, and it will touch every product we build.
[End excerpt]

Neal Stephenson apparently coined the term "metaverse" meaning virtual
reality/cyberspace. Here is a quotation from his 1992 novel "Snow
Crash". The main character is Hiro Protagonist.

[ref] 1993 (1992 Copyright), Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Chapter 3,
Quote Page 24, Bantam Books, New York. (Verified with scans) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
So Hiro's not actually here at all. He's in a computer-generated
universe that his computer is drawing onto his goggles and pumping
into his earphones. In the lingo, this imaginary place is known as the
Metaverse. Hiro spends a lot of time in the Metaverse.
[End excerpt]

Garson O'Toole

On Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 8:27 AM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> It's getting to be that time of year again.  In the next five or so weeks I have to finalize my list of the 10 most notable quotations of the year, disseminated by the Associated Press, and would welcome suggestions.  The criteria are quotations that are famous, or important, or particularly revealing of the spirit of our times.  Invariably many of the quotes are political in nature, but I do very much want some nonpolitical quotes from fields such as popular culture, sports, business, science, etc.  I also would like to have some foolish quotes from Democrats to give the list some balance.
> Note that quotations from December 2020 may be eligible.  Internet memes can be considered if they are very popular.
> Fred Shapiro
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