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Quotes by marshall mcluhan - (65 quotes)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Anxiety category:

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools and yesterday's concepts. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Art category:

-from The Medium is the Message...
Art is anything you can get away with. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Artists category:

The artist is a person who is expert in the training of perception. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Business category:

The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Change category:

It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Commerce category:

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Commerce category:

Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Communication category:

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Communication category:

Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Curiosity category:

I am curious to know what would happen if art were suddenly seen for what it is, namely, exact information of how to rearrange one's psyche in order to anticipate the next blow from our own extended faculties... (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Danger category:

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Desire category:

Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Desperation category:

Innumerable confusions and a feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transition. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Destiny category:

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Earth category:

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Education category:

Education is civil defence against media fallout. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Education category:

Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Environment category:

It is possible to deal with the entire environment as a work of art. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Experience category:

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Experiments category:

In experimental art, men are given the exact specifications of coming violence to their own psyches from their own counter-irritant or technology... But the counter-irritant usually proves a greater plague than the initial irritant, like a drug habit. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Exploration category:

I do not explain, I explore. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Fashion category:

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Future category:

Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Future category:

Our permanent address is tomorrow. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Growth category:

We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Humour category:

Jokes are grievances. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Influence category:

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Information category:

In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Intellect category:

Language does for intelligence what the wheel does for the feet and the body. It enables them to move from thing to thing with greater ease and speed and ever less involvement. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Knowledge category:

Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he is talking about. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Language category:

Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Life category:

The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Mediums category:

The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Mirrors category:

We go forward looking in the rearview mirror. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Mirrors category:

We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Money category:

Money is a poor man's credit card. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Mysteries category:

For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Patriotism category:

America is the only country ever founded on the printed word. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Patriotism category:

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Perception category:

The poet, the artist, the sleuth - whoever sharpens our perception tends to be anti-social, rarely 'well-adjusted,' he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Perception category:

What we call art would seem to be specialist artifacts for enhancing human perception. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Play category:

The artist must ever play and experiment with new means of arranging experience, even though the majority of his audience may prefer to remain fixed in their old perceptual attitudes. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Politics category:

Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Reality category:

The new media are not ways of relating to us the 'real' world; they are the real world and they reshape what remains of the old world at will. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Recognition category:

Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Rules category:

The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Seeing category:

I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Selling category:

Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Solitude category:

Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person's car is the only place where he can be alone and think. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Space category:

Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Taste category:

Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative. It is the last-ditch stand of the artist. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Technique category:

As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Technology category:

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Technology category:

All the new media are art forms which have the power of imposing, like poetry, their own assumptions. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Technology category:

As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of 'do it yourself.' (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Technology category:

The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Travel category:

The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Travel category:

The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Tyranny category:

Today the tyrant rules not by club or fist, but disguised as a market researcher, he shepherds his flocks in the ways of utility and comfort. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Understanding category:

Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Wonder category:

Whence did the wond'rous mystic art arise, / Of painting SPEECH, and speaking to the eyes? / That we by tracing magic lines are taught, / How to embody, and to colour THOUGHT? (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Words category:

Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Words category:

The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Work category:

Where the whole man is involved there is no work. Work begins with the division of labor. (Marshall McLuhan)

Marshall McLuhan - From the Writing category:

A typewriter is a means of transcribing thought, not expressing it. (Marshall McLuhan)