"Finnegans Wake goes so much against the grain of the binary, digital predominance all around us. It shows that the world is never to be resolved into either/or, cannot be reduced to 1’s and 0’s. There is no doubt a need for ambiguity and indeterminacy. Finnegans Wake cannot be dominated, controlled, domesticated, in spite of our efforts."
- Fritz Senn
What the advertiser needs to know is not what is right about the product but what is wrong about the buyer.Neil Postman
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology (Vintage)
(Via David Sasaki)
There is no sin in being wrong. The sin is in our unwillingness to examine our own beliefs, and in believing that our authorities cannot be wrong.Neil Postman - The End of Education (via followingfalsepromises)
Because inherent in the artist’s creative inspiration is the process of subliminally sniffing out environmental change. It’s always been the artist who perceives the alterations in man caused by a new medium, who recognizes that the future is the present, and uses his work to prepare the ground for it. But most people, from truck drivers to the literary Brahmins, are still blissfully ignorant of what the media do to them; unaware that because of their pervasive effects on man, it is the medium itself that is the message, not the content, and unaware that the medium is also the massage — that, all puns aside, it literally works over and saturates and molds and transforms every sense ratio. The content or message of any particular medium has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an atomic bomb. But the ability to perceive media-induced extensions of man, once the province of the artist, is now being expanded as the new environment of electric information makes possible a new degree of perception and critical awareness by nonartists.
The Playboy Interview 1969(via mscontrarian)