We have designed our civilization based on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology.
Any error may vitiate the entire output of the device. For the recognition and correction of such malfunctions intelligent human intervention will in general be necessary.
John von Neumann, First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, 1945
The divorce proceedings of post-structuralism: terminable or interminable?
Brian Massumi, "The Autonomy of Affect"
[C]ommunication, through language and other symbolic forms, comprises the ambience of human existence.
James Carey, Communication as Culture, p. 24