Published on February 14, 2014
New Zealanders Explain the Internet
BUT FIRST: “I need your WIFI password to Skpye with my dad.” —Jesus H. Christ (raconteur)
ON EXPERIMENTATION: “I mean, the general rule is if you're not prepared to make a mistake, you're not going to make much progress.” —Maurice Wilkins (physicist & biologist)
ON CENSORSHIP: “For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.” —Janet Frame (author)
ON HOAXES: “I wish I had Wonder Woman's magic lasso like her to make people tell the truth.” —Kylie Bax (model & actress)
ON GEEK CULTURE: “To me, Darth Vader is the epitome of evil.” —Manu Bennett (actor)
ON AMERICAN EXPORTS: “Tell people you're a Canadian or a Kiwi when you travel and they'll adore you.” —Daniel Gillies (actor)
ON DIGITAL DIETS: “It's just a matter of understanding what's necessary and discipline yourself to do it.” —Arthur Lydiard (runner & coach)
ON ACTIVISM: “The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace.” —Silvia Cartwright (former Governor-General)
ON PUBLISHING: “A lot of writing's going down dead ends that don't go anywhere.” —Andrew Dominik (director & screenwriter)
ON CELEBRITY: “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” —Edmund Hillary (explorer)
ON FINDING YOUR TRIBE: “I was a kid who didn't have a lot of self-esteem.” —Melanie Lynskey (actress)
ON ANONYMITY: “I was able to grow up and do silly things and have a life with only a small amount of public scrutiny.” —Keisha Castle-Hughes (actress)
ON NARRATIVES: “Writing is a passion I have never understood, yet a storyteller is all I have ever wanted to be.” —Ruth Park (author)
ON INSPIRATION: “I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.” —Margaret Mahy (author)
ON PASSION: “Love has the quality of informing almost everything - even one's work.” —Sylvia Ashton-Warner (writer, poet & educator)
ON SEXISM: “I'm a writer first and a woman after.” —Katherine Mansfield (modernist writer)
ON ONLINE DATING: “It makes it very exciting don't you think to live in an age of, of discovery of human personality this way?” —John Money (sexologist & author)
ON CHANGE: “Happiness comes from... Some curious adjustment to life.” —Hugh Walpole (novelist)
ON CHALLENGES: “That's always an interesting concept when you try to make your dream into a reality and you come up against the facts of exactly what it is you're attempting to do.” —Karl Urban (actor)
ON GETTING PAID: “Personally, I've never done things just for money.” —Glenn Turner (cricketer)
ON COMMENT THREADS; “Treat everyone the same until you find out they're an idiot.” —Lucy Lawless (actress & activist)
ON TEAMWORK: “Collaboration is the best way to work. It's the only way to work, really. Everyone's there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board.” —Antony Starr (actor)
ON MODERATING: “Peace is a fragile thing. It takes courage to secure it. It takes wisdom to maintain it.” —Jenny Shipley (former Prime Minister)
ON SEARCH: “This sounds an extraordinary statement to make, but in fact all truth is very ordinary.’ —Brian Perkins (broadcaster)
ON FREELANCING: “Sometimes I think, 'Oh, I wish I just had a nice job where you're getting a salary.' Just sometimes.” —Temuera Morrison (actor)
ON BRAVERY: “How do I take a step? How do I lift my foot off the ground, move it through the air a little bit and then bring it down? I had to teach myself to walk again.” —Jonah Lomu (rugby player)
ON SELFIES: “All you need is a bad angle and suddenly you're 30 pounds overweight.” —Rachel Hunter (model & actress)
ON EDUCATION: “You get what you're good enough to take.” —David Kirk (rugby player)
ON HATERS: “I was bullied and regarded as little bit of an oddball myself.” —Peter Jackson (Groundskeeper, Middle Earth)
ON PROGRESS: “A huge change has taken place in my lifetime.” —Michael King (historian)
ON CONTENT: “People are consuming more than ever, but I think they want a bit of honesty and depth.” —Kimbra (recording artist)
ON CONNECTIVITY: “The world, whether we like it or not, will become more and more borderless.” —John Key (Prime Minister)
ON OPPORTUNITY: “I always thought I'd go to university and then get a real job, you know. Now I want to do stuff that really makes me happy.” —Martin Henderson (actor)
ON JOURNALISM: “With any good story, you need the adversary, the heroes and villains. You need a good mixture to make it work.” —Phil Keoghan (television personality)
ON FREEDOM: “I'm completely in charge of my own life now. Sometimes there's no one there to slap me on the hand and say: 'Stop being so bullish and bossy,' and things like that.” —Kiri Te Kanawa (opera singer)
ON MANUFACTURED OUTRAGE: “We used to say that he who threw the biggest tantrum won the day.” —Neil Finn (recording artist)
ON CURIOSITY: “A good education should leave much to be desired.” —Alan Gregg (musician)
ON CAT VIDEOS: “Dumbing down takes many forms: art that is good for you, museums that flatter you, universities that increase your self-esteem. Culture, after all, is really about you.” —Denis Dutton (philosopher & web entrepreneur)
ON BLATHERING: “Business can talk itself into a blue funk.” —Helen Clark (former Prime Minister)
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