And now for something completely different: Just a few of my favorite quotes by Marshall McLuhan…
We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.
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. It is the last-ditch stand of the artist.
The nuclear bomb will turn warfare into the juggling of images.
Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit from taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left. Leasing our eyes and ears and nerves to commercial interests is like handing over the common speech to a private corporation, or like giving the earth’s atmosphere to a company as a monopoly.
Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world, as the bee of the plant world, enabling it to fecundate and to evolve ever new forms. The machine world reciprocates man’s love by expediting his wishes and desires, namely, in providing him with wealth.
(and personally, I believe that the above could and perhaps should be the motto of most writers and bloggers, but maybe that’s just me?)
I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.