Marshall McLuhan Quotes

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Born: July 21, 1911, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Birth Country: Canada
Died: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 31, 1980
Occupation: Academic

1.
A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion.
- Marshall McLuhan

2.
Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

3.
Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.
- Marshall McLuhan

4.
Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
- Marshall McLuhan

5.
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.
- Marshall McLuhan

6.
Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.
- Marshall McLuhan

7.
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 to it.
- Marshall McLuhan

8.
Art is anything you can get away with.
- Marshall McLuhan

9.
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

10.
Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.
- Marshall McLuhan

11.
Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
- Marshall McLuhan

12.
Historians and archaeologists will one day discover that the ads of our time are the richest and most faithful reflections that any society ever made of its entire range of activities.
- Marshall McLuhan

13.
I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.
- Marshall McLuhan

14.
If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist's couch.
- Marshall McLuhan

15.
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

16.
It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.
- Marshall McLuhan

17.
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

18.
Money is a poor man's credit card.
- Marshall McLuhan

19.
Money is just the poor man's credit card.
- Marshall McLuhan

20.
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

21.
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

22.
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

23.
Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam.
- Marshall McLuhan

24.
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

25.
The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.
- Marshall McLuhan

26.
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

27.
The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.
- Marshall McLuhan

28.
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

29.
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
- Marshall McLuhan

30.
We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.
- Marshall McLuhan

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