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Published Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 3:52 AM EDT
Oct 28 2011

Marshall McLuhan:

(YouTube video: Marshall McLuhan's classic cameo from "Annie Hall".)

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

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perception and arbitrary values.

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.

Art is anything you can get away with.

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

Computers can do better than ever what needn’t be done at all. Making sense is still a human monopoly.

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.

Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative.

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.

Money is a poor man's credit card.

One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There's always more than you can cope with.

Only puny secrets need protection. Big discoveries are protected by public incredulity.

Only the vanquished remember history.

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

School is the advertising agency which makes you believe you need the society as it is.

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America- not on the battlefields of Vietnam.

There are no passengers on spaceship Earth. We are all crew.

We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.

What disqualifies war from being a true game is probably what also disqualifies the stock market and business- the rules are not fully known nor accepted by all the players.

World War III is a guerrilla information war, with no division between military and civilian participation.

Bonus video: Speaking of Annie Hall, here's a favorite scene, featuring an absurdly young Christopher Walken.


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