Marshall McLuhan

(1911-1980 / Edmonton)

Marshall McLuhan Quotes

  • ''Current illusion is that science has abolished all natural laws.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist. Letters of Marshall McLuhan, letter, January 1951, to Ezra Pound, eds. Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan, and William Toye (1987).
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  • ''It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "Magic that Changes Mood," The Mechanical Bride (1951).
  • ''For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "Magic that Changes Mood," The Mechanical Bride (1951).
  • ''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 (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "Magic that Changes Mood," The Mechanical Bride (1951).
  • ''Today it is not the classroom nor the classics which are the repositories of models of eloquence, but the ad agencies.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "Plain Talk," The Mechanical Bride (1951).
  • ''The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Playboy (Chicago, March 1969).
  • ''Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Quoted in Advertising Age (September 3, 1976).
  • ''Money is a poor man's credit card.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Quoted in Maclean's (Toronto, June 1971).
  • ''The successor to politics will be propaganda. Propaganda, not in the sense of a message or ideology, but as the impact of the whole technology of the times.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Quoted in Maclean's (Toronto, June 1971).
  • ''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 (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Quoted in Maclean's (Toronto, June 1971).

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