The mass-production of losers II

"Perhaps no other period in history has seen so many losers and so few winners as our own. And time, because it advances through the exacerbated competitions and mimeticism (in science and elsewhere), produces and multiplies exponentially the great crowd of losers – of which everyone risks becoming a member, overnight – and shrinks the more and more rarified and exclusive club (I almost said “pantheon”) of winners.

- Michel Serres to Bruno Latour (1995). Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time, p. 185.

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