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Marshall McLuhan (1911 – 1980)


Canadian philosopher, futurist, and communications theorist.
Marshall McLuhan
Until now a culture has been a mechanical fate for societies, the automatic interiorization of their own technologies.
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The manuscript shaped medieval literary conventions at all levels.
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The more data banks record about us, the less we exist.




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War has become the environment of our time if only because it is an accelerated form of innovation and education.
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The laws of the media, in tetrad form, bring logos and formal cause up to date to reveal analytically the structure of all human artefacts.
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Logic is figure without a ground.
Marshall McLuhan
Computers can do better than ever what neednít be done at all. Making sense is still a human monopoly.
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Language is a form of organized stutter.
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Marx shared with economists then and since the inability to make his concepts include innovational processes. It is one thing to spot a new product but quite another to observe the invisible new environments generated by the action of the product on a variety of pre-existing social grounds.
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Until more than two centuries after printing nobody discovered how to maintain a single tone or attitude throughout a prose composition.
Marshall McLuhan
Attention spans get very weak at the speed of light, and that goes along with a very week identity.




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If a work of art is to explore new environments, it is not to be regarded as a blueprint but rather as a form of action-painting.
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Violence is the effort to maintain and restore a weakened psyche.
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Older cliches are retrieved both as inherent principles that inform the new ground and new awareness, and as archetypal nostalgia figures with transformed meaning in relation to the new ground.
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Omnipresence has become an ordinary human dimension.
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Without an anti-environment, all environments are invisible.
Marshall McLuhan
The alphabet is an aggressive and militant absorber and transformer of culture, as Harold Innis was the first to show.
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The new media are not bridges between man and nature: they are nature.
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The new science of communication is percept, not concept.
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Writing turned a spotlight on the high, dim Sierras of speech; writing was the visualization of acoustic space. It lit up the dark.


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