Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Probes

176. TV, unlike the fantasy escape world of the movies, creates an enormously serious and realistically-minded kind of person, almost oriental in his inward meditativeness. - M.M.

177. Television gave the old electric circuitry that's already here a huge extra push in this direction of involvement and inwardness. - M.M.

178. When you put a new medium into play, people's sensory life shifts a bit, sometimes shifts a lot. - M.M.

179. I'm determined to understand what's happening because I don't choose just to sit and let the juggernaut [of change] roll over me. - M.M.

180. As long as we are willing to think, nothing is inevitable. - M.M.

181. Like Socrates, McLuhan never ceased to examine dearly-held assumptions (including his own); he had no fear of changing his mind or his identity, for he never ceased to grow. - B.N.

182. So long as art, science, literature, social observation, metaphysics, and politics are separated through specialization, any attempt to heal the world, make things whole, will be frustrated. - B.W. Powe

183. Radically, McLuhan asked if the literary establishment courted obsolescence by imposing single points-of-view, an automatic allegiance to categories based on a visual bias. - B.W. Powe

184. Breakdown was McLuhan's great obsession. Yet for him, all breakdown was a prelude to a greater breakthrough. - B.W. Powe

185. Like all other media, the alphabet acts like a drug: it is addictive, as TV is addictive or the telephone is addictive. - Eric McLuhan

186. Anything "read" off a TV [or computer] screen has the form of TV and produces (as best it can) the satisfactions of TV. - Eric McLuhan

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