For the past three decades, the internet and the web have been an empowering force for forging connections, learning, earning, and building global networks. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the power of connectivity. Here’s what some famous faces have to say about it.


1. The web’s Big Bang: Amy Farrah Fowler-Cooper (real-life neuroscientist) can’t even believe it.

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“I’m one of those people that thinks the internet is amazing, and I can’t believe it exists.”

– Mayim Bialik


2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt praises the conversations and debates that the web has fostered.

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“Media used to be one way. Everyone else in the world just had to listen. Now the internet is allowing what used to be a monologue to become a dialogue. I think that’s healthy.”

– Joseph Gordon-Levitt


3. Stephen Hawking got deep about how the internet connects us all.

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“We are all now connected by the internet, like neurons in a giant brain.”

– Stephen Hawking


4. Entrepreneur Michelle Phan praises the internet for how it’s contributed to her business success.

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“The beauty of the internet is there’s a niche market for everything, and if you can focus on it, you can build a sustainable and viable business of it.”

– Michelle Phan


5. Reddit’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian on the revolutionary power of the web.

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“To join in the industrial revolution, you needed to open a factory; in the internet revolution, you need to open a laptop.”

– Alexis Ohanian


6. Yoko Ono on the cultural and generational changes that the web has brought.

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“People say that this new generation is so used to the internet that their heads are already different. They can’t read a book from beginning to end. That is not a tragedy. The book changes form.”

– Yoko Ono


7. Forest Whitaker on how the internet has become part of human evolution.

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“The internet is part of our evolution. The mystics used to say ‘We can travel across the planet in a thought.’ Now we really can. We can be connected with a million people at a time.”

– Forest Whitaker


8. Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of the Ranking Digital Rights, on how the internet can be a force for disrupting power.

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“The internet is an empowering force for people who are protesting against the abuse of power.”

– Rebecca MacKinnon


9. And the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has a call to action for all us who are connected.

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“If we spend a certain amount of time on the internet, we have to spend a little proportion of that time defending it.”

– Sir Tim Berners-Lee

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