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Marshall McLuhan
July 21, 1911 - December 31, 1980
Nationality: Canadian
Category: Sociologist

When producers want to know what the public wants, they graph it as curves. When they want to tell the public what to get, they say it in curves.


A typewriter is a means of transcribing thought, not expressing it.


Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools and yesterday's concepts.


The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.


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.


Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person's car is the only place where he can be alone and think.


Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.


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.


The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.


In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness.


We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.


Money is a poor man's credit card.


The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village.


Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate, contempt, can accompany true love.


Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression.


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.


Publication is a self-invasion of privacy.


A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion.


We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.


I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.


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