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Media Quotes


Read the quotes. Discuss them:

  • Do you like them? Which do you agree with, which not? Why?
  • Do you know their authors? Who were / are they?
  • Which one you like the best? Why?
  • Discuss them with you partner; do you have the same views?
  • Which one you find the strangest? Why?
  • Do you know some good media quote that was not included here?
  • Why are quotes about different media so funny and strange? What is the logic behind many of these quotes?
  • Why are these notes so contradictory? Could you divide these quotes into two opposing groups? What would these groups be like?



“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either.”

Marshall McLuhan


“Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America--not on the battlefields of Vietnam.”

Marshall McLuhan


“The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.”

Marshall McLuhan


“For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea”

Enoch Powell


“Media is a word that has come to mean bad journalism”

Graham Greene


“A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of 'monopoly in the means of production.”

Robert Anton Wilson


“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.”

Jim Morrison


“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.”

Marshall McLuhan


“What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.”

W. H. Auden


“A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. . . . Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.”

Albert Camus


“The media is too concentrated, too few people own too much. There's really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It's not healthy.”

Ted Turner (CNN owner)


“Frankly, despite my horror of the press, I'd love to rise from the grave every ten years or so and go buy a few newspapers.”

Luis Buñuel


“I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.”

Arthur Christopher Benson


“Some of the press who speak loudly about the freedom of the press are themselves the enemies of freedom. Countless people dare not say a thing because they know it will be picked up and made a song of by the press. That limits freedom.”

Geoffrey Fisher


“Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.”

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)


“Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.”

Ann Landers (1918 - 2002)


“TV is chewing gum for the eyes.”

Frank Lloyd Wright


“Television is a new medium. It's called a medium because nothing is well-done.”

Fred Allen


“The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel.”

From "Taxi"


“Imagine what it would be like if TV actually were good. It would be the end of everything we know.”

Marvin Minsky


“Television is for appearing on - not for looking at.”

Noel Coward


“I think that parents only get so offended by television because they rely on it as a babysitter and the sole educator of their kids.”

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Death, 1997


“All television is children's television.”

Richard P. Adler

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