Marshall McLuhan

(1911-1980 / Edmonton)

Marshall McLuhan Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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 (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).
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  • ''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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  • ''Our "Age of Anxiety" is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools—with yesterday's concepts.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).
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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''It is the weak and confused who worship the pseudosimplicities of brutal directness.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. "The Tough as Narcissus," The Mechanical Bride (1951).
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  • ''For those for whom the sex act has come to seem mechanical and merely the meeting and manipulation of body parts, there often remains a hunger which can be called metaphysical but which is not recognized as such, and which seeks satisfaction in physical danger, or sometimes in torture, suicide, or murder.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Title essay, The Mechanical Bride (1951).
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  • ''Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i.e., the interval.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist, and Harley Parker. "Toward a Spatial Dialogue," ch. 16, Through the Vanishing Point (1968).
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