Aug 2, 2011
"The more the data
banks record about each one of us, the less we exist."
the speed of light, all events on this planet are simultaneous. In
the electric environment of information all events are
simultaneous, there is no time or space separating
"I think of art,
at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning
system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is
beginning to happen to it."
"The medium, or
process, of our time - electric technology is reshaping and
restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect
of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and
re-evaluate practically every thought, every action,"
"One of the
effects of living with electric information is that we live
habitually in a state of information overload. There's always more
than you can cope with."
They still think in the old patterns, 19th-century patterns, but they live mythically. They live surrounded by mythic monsters like go-go girls. [At the bar] Aren’t they going to turn that down? “Waiting for go-go.” “The medium is the message.” “Growing – growing up absurd.” The go-go girls ordinarily have a cage… [winces] while appearing to manifest their energies untrammelled, unconstrained, sound in this kind of world is not used as something to be listened to. It is a kind of foam rubber which you press against/it presses back against you, makes you feel kind of wanted. Sound, in the new world, of dance and song is not for listening. It’s for making. And so the go-go girls, locked up each in her little world, represents a kind of theatre of the absurd, in which all communication has broken down. In fact, no attempt is really made to communicate. Each puts on his own show in his own little straitjacket. - Marshall McLuhan
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