"If I have two things or three things or four things or five things, they inform one another. It’s like: I have a dog, and I was just watching a second dog for the holidays while someone is traveling. It’s a little more challenging to have two dogs physically. But the dogs entertain one another. Just like two kids entertain one another. It’s this way with ideas and projects. All the burden is on you and that one thing to generate all those ideas. Where are all those ideas going to come from? If you put another project next to it and another project next to that and even better if none of the projects have anything to do one another, they actually inform the other thing. It actually makes every single one of the ideas stronger and richer as a result."
"…That light of super-ness changes us. We no longer want mere presentations, we want the best, greatest, the most extraordinary presenters alive, as in TED. We don’t want to watch people playing games, we want to watch the highlights of the highlights, the most amazing moves, catches, runs, shots, and kicks, each one more remarkable and improbable than the other…
…there is an intimacy about watching these extremities on video on our phones while we wait at the dentist. They are now much realer, and they fill our heads.
Kevin Kelly - The impropable is the new normal"
Every minute a new impossible thing is uploaded to the internet and that improbable event becomes just one of hundreds of extraordinary events that we’ll see or hear about today. The internet is like a lens which focuses the extraordinary into a beam, and that beam has become our illumination. It compresses the unlikely into a small viewable band of everyday-ness. As long as we are online - which is almost all day many days — we are illuminated by this compressed extraordinariness. It is the new normal.
The good news may be that it cultivates in us an expanded sense of what is possible for humans, and for human life, and so expand us. The bad news may be that this insatiable appetite for supe-superlatives leads to dissatisfaction with anything ordinary.