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Quotations From MARSHALL MCLUHAN

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  • 21.
    Today's child is growing up absurd, because he lives in two worlds, and neither of them inclines him to grow up. Growing up—that is our new work, and it is total. Mere instruction will not suffice.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).

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  • 22.
    We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future. Suburbia lives imaginatively in Bonanza-land.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).

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  • 23.
    Ours is a brand—new world of allatonceness. "Time" has ceased, "space" has vanished. We now live in a global village ... a simultaneous happening.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).

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  • 24.
    Today, the mass audience (the successor to the "public") can be used as a creative, participating force. It is, instead, merely given packages of passive entertainment. Politics offers yesterday's answers to today's questions.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).

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  • 25.
    Our technology forces us to live mythically, but we continue to think fragmentarily, and on single, separate planes.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).
  • 26.
    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 (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. The Mechanical Bride, preface (1951).

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  • 27.
    Typography is not only a technology but is in itself a natural resource or staple, like cotton or timber or radio; and, like any staple, it shapes not only private sense ratios but also patterns of communal interdependence.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. The Gutenberg Galaxy, pt. 1, University of Toronto Press (1962).
  • 28.
    Primitivism has become the vulgar cliché of much modern art and speculation.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. The Gutenberg Galaxy, pt. 1, University of Toronto Press (1962).
  • 29.
    The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. The Gutenberg Galaxy, chapter gloss, p. 31, University of Toronto Press (1962).

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  • 30.
    The printing press was at first mistaken for an engine of immortality by everybody except Shakespeare.
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. The Gutenberg Galaxy, pt. 1, University of Toronto Press (1962).
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