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Famous quotes skewered for the Internet age
Digital references are lacking from virtually all famous quotes in history. We decided to change that.
Digital references are lacking from virtually all famous quotes in history.
Wikiquote and BrainyQuote have no social media-age statements whatsoever. It seems as if humankind’s first eLeader has yet to be sworn-in. President Obama may tweet a lot, but he seldom speaks net witticisms.
You’d expect Silicon Valley CEOs to take the reins and integrate hashtag youthemisms into their public addresses, but they never do. Tim Cook keeps saying “amazing” and “awesome” with authenticity. Even the sassiest of them all, Sean Parker, is remembered for corny lines like “I’ve never been much of a joiner” and “There is no simple answer to what I think.” Schmidt, Page, Zuckerberg, Crowley: None have said anything remotely worthwhile or strong enough to be engraved on more than a handful of tablets.
I collected some notable quotes and zingers and injected them with online puns, to exemplify how these phrases would’ve sounded if uttered today. Some historical figures actually said things that can now be considered digi by mistake; they’re in the list too.
Speak softly and carry a big emoji.
Hell is other followers.
Trust, but verify.
—Ronald Reagan (unaltered)
Mr. Erdo?an, tear down this firewall.
Twerk the other cheek.
The GIF that keeps on GIFing.
Time to shut down some Twitter lanes.
Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr
March 21, 2006, a tweet which will live in infamy.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first-ever tweet
All emoji are equal, but some emoji are more equal than others.
Follow the bitcoin.
—Deep Throat, Watergate
The absence of a hashtag is not #absence.
RT me once, shame on… shame on you. RT me—you can’t get RT’d again.
—George W. Bush
It’d be a mistake for the Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that 3D printer.
—George W. Bush
Unfollow your heart.
Photo via Don Graham/Flickr
Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Reddit community?
Fake views are the last refuge of a scoundrel.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and X-Pro II filters.
Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in PayPal anymore.
—The Wizard of Oz
I love the smell of catfishing in the morning.
Photo via Kevin Law/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)
Love means never having to say you’re deactivating.
May the 4G be with you.
E.T. WhatsApp home.
—E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
There’s no place like homepage.
—The Wizard of Oz
Photo via It’s Vintage Darling
Nobody puts eBaby in a corner.
I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their president is a cyberbully. Well, I’m not a cyberbully. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.
Here are some more new words to consider:
Photo by donkeyhotey / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III
Art by Jason Reed and Cooper Fleishman
Nimrod Kamer is a journalist and satirist based in the U.K. whose work has appeared in the GQ, Vice, Wired, the Guardian and Huffington Post, as well as on BBC Newsnight. He is the author of The Social Climber's Handbook: A Shameless Guide.