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The book is an extension of the eye


The book is an extension of the eye

"The medium is the message” means that the ostensible content of all electronic media is insignificant; it is the medium itself that has the greater impact on the environment, a fact bolstered by the now medically undeniable fact that the technologies we use every day begin, after a while, to alter the way our brains work, and hence the way we experience our world. Forget the ostensible content, say, of a television program. All that matters is that you’re watching the TV itself, at the expense of some other technology—probably books or the internet. Those mediums we do choose to spend our time with continually modify the way we emphasize our senses—seeing versus hearing versus touching—on a scale so large and spanning so many centuries that it took at least a decade after Marshall’s death for him to he proven right, with the triumph of the internet."

- Douglas Coupland, Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! (via frijole)


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Marshall Mcluhan

"What may emerge as the most important insight of the twenty-first century is that man was not designed to live at the speed of light. Without the countervailing balance of natural and physical laws, the new video-related media will make man implode upon himself. As he sits in the informational control room, whether at home or at work, receiving data at enormous speeds — imagistic, sound, or tactile — from all areas of the world, the results could be dangerously inflating and schizophrenic. His body will remain in one place but his mind will float out into the electronic void, being everywhere at once in the data bank. Discarnate man is as weightless as an astronaut but can move much faster. He loses his sense of private identity because electronic perceptions are not related to place. Caught up in the hybrid energy released by video technologies, he will be presented with a chimerical “reality” that involves all his senses at a distended pitch, a condition as addictive as any known drug. The mind, as figure, sinks back into ground and drifts somewhere between dream and fantasy. Dreams have some connection to the real world because they have a frame of actual time and place (usually in real time); fantasy has no such commitment."

- Marshall McLuhan, The Global Village, page 97 (via vagabondbohemia)

"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is a hallucinating idiot…for he sees what no one else does: things that, to everyone else, are not there."

- Marshall McLuhan (via mythologyofblue)

"'Wiretapping' quoth the Raven, 'is a threat to identity. Why not beat 'em to the wire? Get rid of your identity now.'"

- Marshall McLuhan (Culture Is Our Business,1970)

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Marshall McLuhan


Marshall McLuhan


The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore


The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore

"I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me. It terrifies me what I would do for you."

- Alexandra Bracken, Never Fade - via larmoyante (via perfect)

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"I suppose I thought Gender Trouble could save me. I could tell, at least, that the book appeared to have something to do with the intelligibility of subjects, the intelligibility of desire, and of gender. And while I had no idea what that something was, this problem of intelligibility was mirrored in the experience of reading the book itself. In fact, given my own experiences with gender and sexuality, it felt appropriate to me that a book about gender and sexuality was a punishing hieroglyphic. In life, I was a stammering, hesitant animal. At least this book had words. And I could underline them."


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"Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful."

- Richelle E. Goodrich  (via cleamour)

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"She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate."

- Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth (via andiheartlydesire)

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