Marshall McLuhan

(1911-1980 / Edmonton)

Marshall McLuhan Quotes

  • ''A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.''
    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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''The village had institutionalized all human functions in forms of low intensity.... Participation was high and organization was low. This is the formula for stability.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 10 (1964).
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  • ''The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 2 (1964).
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  • ''Persons grouped around a fire or candle for warmth or light are less able to pursue independent thoughts, or even tasks, than people supplied with electric light. In the same way, the social and educational patterns latent in automation are those of self- employment and artistic autonomy.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 33 (1964).
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  • ''Where the whole man is involved there is no work. Work begins with the division of labor.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 14 (1964).
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  • ''The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 22 (1964).
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  • ''The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium—that is, of any extension of ourselves—result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, ch. 1 (1964).
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  • ''The mark of our time is its revulsion against imposed patterns.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, introduction (1964).
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  • ''If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist's couch.''
    Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications theorist. Understanding Media, introduction (1964).
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