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Quotations From MARSHALL MCLUHAN

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  • 11.
    Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "Typographic Man Can Express but Is Helpless to Read the Configuration of Print Technology," The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962).
  • 12.
    An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity in an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. Letters of Marshall McLuhan, Letter, 22 June 1951, to Ezra Pound, eds. Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan, and William Toye (1987).

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  • 13.
    Nowadays there is no conversation at all. Teachers distrust talk as much as business men.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. Letters of Marshall McLuhan, letter, June 22, 1951, to Ezra Pound, eds. Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan, and William Toye (1987).
  • 14.
    The scientist rigorously defends his right to be ignorant of almost everything except his specialty.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. Letters of Marshall McLuhan, letter, July 23, 1969, to Edward T. Hall, eds. Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan, and William Toye (1987).
  • 15.
    The hallucinogenic world, in environmental terms, can be considered as a forlorn effort of man to match the speed of power of his extended nervous system (which we call the "electronic world") by intensifying the activity of his inner nervous system.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. Letters of Marshall McLuhan, letter, July 30, 1969, to Robert J. Leuver, eds. Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan, and William Toye (1987).

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  • 16.
    The modern nose, like the modern eye, has developed a sort of microscopic, intercellular intensity which makes our human contacts painful and revolting.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "How Not to Offend," The Mechanical Bride (1951).
  • 17.
    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 (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Horizon (London, October 1947).

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  • 18.
    When producers want to know what the public wants, they graph it as curves. When they want to tell the public what to get, they say it in curves.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "Eye Appeal," The Mechanical Bride (1951).
  • 19.
    The circuited city of the future will not be the huge hunk of concentrated real estate created by the railway. It will take on a totally new meaning under conditions of very rapid movement. It will be an information megalopolis.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).

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  • 20.
    One main condition of aristocratic life was present in the South and not in the North—personal responsibility to other human beings for education and material welfare. (A Carnegie or a Ford, like a bureaucracy, molds the lives of millions without taking any responsibility.)
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist, critic. "The Southern Quality," A Southern Vanguard: The John Peale Bishop Memorial Volume, ed. Allen Tate, Prentice Hall (1947).

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