I have been reading quotes from Marshall McLuhan. I must admit, I have not read any Marshall McLuhan but have been inspired many of the quotes that I have been reading. It’s amazing to see how forward-thinking McLuhan was and how pertinent his ideas still are today. I will definitely add his work to my list of must-reads. I wanted to share a couple of quotes that I found quite inspirational and relevant here. Enjoy!
First, my two favourites:
“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.” – McLuhan
“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.” – McLuhan
Now, the rest:
“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.” – McLuhan
“We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.” – McLuhan
“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”
“A typewriter is a means of transcribing thought, not expressing it.” – McLuhan
We can easily substitute typewriter with computer, cell phone, or any other transcribing device.
“As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of ‘do it yourself.’” – McLuhan
“The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village.” – McLuhan
“In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness.” – McLuhan