Andy Warhol Speaks To Us Still

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New York City on Wednesday asked the United States Department of Agriculture for permission to conduct a two-year experiment barring the city’s 1.7 million users of food stamps from spending them on soda and other beverages with added sugar.

with this 1975 quote from Andy Warhol:

What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.

James, I wonder if you could substitute Coca-Cola for the product called “The Internet”? And, if so, will the universality of the product change with the Verizon-Google deal?

Douglas Fevens, Halifax, Nova Scotia— The University of Wisconsin, Google, & Me