„Modern civilization is highly computerrorized.“

Współczesne cywilizacje są mocno skomputerroryzowane.
Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000)

Original

Współczesna cywilizacja jest bardzo skomputerroryzowana.

Variant: Współczesne cywilizacje są mocno skomputerroryzowane.

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Polish writer and photographer 1966
Citát „Modern civilization is highly computerrorized.“

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