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Marshall McLuhan Quotes

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"I don't necessarily agree with everything I say."

"Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century."

"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew."

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

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

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

"Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance."

"The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds."

"Historians and archaeologists will one day discover that the ads of our time are the richest and most faithful reflections that any society ever made of its entire range of activities."

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

"Ideally, advertising aims at the goal of a programmed harmony among all human impulses and aspirations and endeavors. Using handicraft methods, it stretches out toward the ultimate electronic goal of a collective consciousness."

"Any ad consciously attended to is comical. Ads are not meant for conscious consumption. They are intended as subliminal pills for the subconsious in order to exercise an hypnotic spell, especially on sociologists."

"Affluence creates poverty."

"Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative. It is the last-ditch stand of the artist."

"Art is anything you can get away with."

"Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century."

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

"Publication is a self-invasion of privacy."

"The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist."

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