Famous Quotes By Marshall McLuhan


  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.
  2. Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
  3. Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.
  4. Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.
  5. American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.
  6. Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.
  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.
  8. Art is anything you can get away with.
  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.'
  10. Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.
  11. Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
  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.
  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.
  14. If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist's couch.
  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.
  16. It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.
  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.
  18. Money is a poor man's credit card.
  19. Money is just the poor man's credit card.
  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.
  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.
  22. Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.
  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.
  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.
  25. The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.
  26. The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.
  27. 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.
  28. There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
  29. We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.

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