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14 Andrew Sullivan Quotes I Loved at NTC

By on Apr 10, 2010


One of my favorite things about NTC are the fantastic plenaries. These all-hands keynote presentations offer some of the most quote-worthy, insightful anecdotes from the event. Last year’s talk from Clay Shirky generated gobs of great quotes, 15 of which I catalogued on this blog.

Today we had the pleasure of hearing Andrew Sullivan speak on topics like blogging, community, and transparency as we all sipped our morning caffeine and geared up for a busy day. And while he did not deliver the well-crafted quotes we got from Clay last year, there were certainly some moments of brilliance among the clutter. And I mean that in a good way – you could tell his brain was an attic full of treasures – and it was fun watching them fall down on our heads!

Here are 14 of the best quotes I wrote down during Andrew’s session:

“This was not an act of writing, it was essentially throwing yourself into this moshpit of universal dyspepsia and amusement. And eventually, extraordinary value.“

“The lack of control in new media is terrifying, especially for those who have something to hide. Everyone has something to hide.”

“In the online world we all work for nonprofits. You are the future of the online world.“

“Ownership of a website is kind of impossible because you can’t own people.”

“Transparency is a wonderful and good thing.”

“The barrier to any page on the web is basically zero. It takes no more effort to click on the New York Times website as it is to click on an average Joe’s blog about Peeps.”

“I think a blog that isn’t updated every hour is at an incredible disadvantage.”

“The thing about tech geeks is that they really are creatures of the night.”

“The key to a site being successful is that it constantly moves, engages, and distracts.”

“The first big surprise when I first started blogging 10 years ago was that within minutes of writing the first post, someone wrote back to me. This was not normal for a writer.”

“For the first time we found a medium where writing could have the same quality as broadcast.“

“The great critique of the internet was how do you know that these people know what they are talking about.”

“The great thing about blogging is that I don’t have to go to a meeting – I don’t need to have a policy.“

“You train them to come back like mice trying to get cocaine. They’re addicted to you and you’re addicted to them.”

That’s it for now. I just want to point out that I did not have a prior career as a court stenographer, so some of those quotes may not be 100% accurate. The archived video should be out there soon!

In the meantime, what were some of your favorite quotes from the plenary?


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