"Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Marshall McLuhan on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Marshall McLuhan on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Marshall McLuhan on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Marshall McLuhan on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Marshall McLuhan on Joseph Stalin
"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.'"
"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."
"If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist's couch."
"American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age."
"In this electronic age we see ourselves being translated more and more into the form of information, moving toward the technological extension of consciousness."