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Marshall McLuhan Quotes

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity
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#Canada

The new media are not bridges between man and nature; they are nature.
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#Cosmos

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values
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#Media

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age
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#Age And Aging

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.
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#Quotes #Danger

Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation.
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#Quotes #Aggression

The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in a new way.
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#Quotes #Environment

The medium, or process, of our time - electric technology is reshaping and restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and re-evaluate practically every thought, every action,
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#Action

The future masters of technology will have to be light-hearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb.
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#Future

Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.
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#Quotes #Consequences

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.
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#Sex

The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf.
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#Quotes #Commercials

Today we are beginning to notice that the new media are not just mechanical gimmicks for creating worlds of illusion, but new languages with new and unique powers of expression.
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#Beginning

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.
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#Quotes #Unity

Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.
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#Quotes #Advertising

In the name of progress, our official culture is striving to force the new media to do the work of the old.
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#Culture

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.
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#Quotes #Politicians

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.
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#Quotes #Advertising

The wheel is an extension of the foot, the book is an extension of the eye; clothing, an extension of the skin, electric circuitry, an extension of the central nervous system
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#Books And Reading

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.
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#Quotes #Art