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" Advertisers realize that Gen Y is the largest purchasing cohort. Also, that you're going to have to accept some different modes of thinking if you're going to get to them. "
" All I know is that when I go somewhere, I'm not an autobot. I am a human being. I am not an actor. "
" A lot of what happens in the world is full-on crazy and doesn't get reported on. "
" American media has just become talk radio, incredibly partisan name-calling and op-eds. "
" Are my politics Democrat or Republican? I think both are horrific. And it doesn't matter anyway. Money runs America; money runs everywhere. "
" Do whatever interests you the most. Passion breeds success. "
" Everyone is trying to say, 'This is Gen Y; we're not an old company. We're not doing old content.' "
" Gen Y consume most of their media online and mobile. Gen Y, as the Baby Boomers drop off, are the largest cohort with the largest amount of money - despite the fact that half of them are unemployed. "
" I came to America from Canada because Canada is stultifyingly boring and incredibly hypocritical. "
" I don't care if I die - look, I'm old - but you want your kids to have good times and a good life. "
" I don't know about you, but there is nothing that's scarier than young people who have no future. If you take away someone's future, they have nothing to lose. "
" If not doing VICE, I probably would be selling Cokes on the beach in Vietnam. I like the sea. "
" If you look at film, distribution is pre-bought. If you've paid for the distribution, you say, 'I have to make sure it's a film that gets enough butts in the seats.' I think that's the problem: It becomes prohibitively expensive, and you can't develop films for a smaller amount of money. "
" If you look not just at the Arab Spring, but at what I call the 'Youth Spring' that has started in Europe, young people are starting to find a voice, and they are not looking to the traditional media to reflect that. "
" If you're big in Montreal, you're big in Quebec. If you're big in Toronto, you're big in Canada. But if you're big in New York, you're big in the rest of the world. "
" If you're coming from America to Iraq, then how are you supposed to be objective? I mean, you could pay lip service to being objective, but how are you going to objective when you're embedded with the Marines? The Marines are saving your life every day and they're protecting you. "
" I have a place in Costa Rica that is in the middle of the jungle. There's no Internet. There's no TV. Do I work there? Hell no. "
" I have the greatest life in the world because I created it. "
" I never thought we had a chance of impacting anything. I am just starting to realize that we can change things - not just VICE, but all of us. In fact, we have to. "
" I think if you look at the failure of journalism in the modern age, then I don't want to be called a journalist. "
" I think that Twitter and YT and blogs are keeping media more honest. Everyone can be a journalist now. Everyone is a fact checker. "
" I think the biggest issue for legacy media - both TV and film - is that it just costs too much money to develop a TV series or movie. And most of them don't work. Then the one that works has to pay for the rest. "
" I think there are so many problems in the world today, we have to figure out how to fix them rather than point fingers at each other. "
" I thought I was a pretty good writer, but I didn't have anything to write about. I wanted to go out in the world, have some adventures and then write about them. "
" It's our job to get into the hardest-to-see places and bring back the best footage - we have the best footage of North Korea ever shot. If that's a stunt, then I'll keep on doing stunts until I die. "
" I want to be like Tom Freston. Tom just flies around everywhere, gets to make movies, gets to start TV shows, hang out with cool people and do whatever he wants. "
" I want to build the next CNN with 'VICE' - it's within my grasp. "
" I want to go to the Maldives before they sink, but just because it's the most beautiful place on earth. "
" Most of the time, when the mainstream media reports on something, it never tells the whole story. "
" My last passport, I had North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Liberia, Guinea... I had, like, every war-torn country in there. "
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