According to The Independent:
Marshall McLuhan might have been one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. But he was one of its most terrible actors.
As well as being famous for his theories, many of which are known by catchy phrases like ‘the medium is the message, Professor McLuhan was also a guest star in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall.
Marshall McLuhan: Remembering the philosopher’s bizarre, unplanned Annie Hall appearance
Here are a few quotable gems from the McLuhan archive:
“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.”
This is a good one to think about when you’re texting your friend while walking across a crowded crosswalk in an intersection.
“Art is anything you can get away with.”
The latest David Lynch resurrection of Twin Peaks 25 years later, for example. Or most stuff in art galleries.
“The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.”
Yes, he was the one who came up with the idea of the ‘global village.’ Hello Internet.
“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”
A spirited response to comedian Stephen Fry’s contrary confession
On hearing English writer and comedian Stephen Fry express his strong dislike of dancing, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and dancer Jo Roy responded in the most appropriate way she could: through the medium of interpretive dance. In a film likely to make the outspoken Brit shudder, the choreographer and director filmed herself performing a moving reaction to his energetic outburst.
Watch it here: I Hate Dancing
“I can, however, distinctly remember listening to the albums, playing Matching Tie and Handkerchief and Holy Grail over and over until I could repeat: “Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses not some farcical aquatic ceremony!”
Eddie Izzard hails the surrealist, pioneering genius of Monty Python.
It’s definitely worth checking out Banksy’s artist residency in New York this October 2013.
Listen to the audio guide too…it’s hilarious.
Better Out Than In – Banksy
I guess the point is that you could go to Camden in London and buy copies of these prints…but original prints signed by Banksy were recently sold in New York’s Central Park for $60 a pop. Lucky, lucky people who didn’t (or did they?) know what they were buying…
Banksy sells work for $60 in Central Park, New York – video