maandag 14 september 2009

Intermezzo Magus

John Fowles

To control the medium is to control the message. And control of the message means control of the hearts, minds, and votes of the people.

“Strait times come in history. Our time is such a time, millennial, full of fast currents, tossing, eddied, dangerous to pass through.”
John Fowles, “The Aristos"

4 opmerkingen:

John zei

“The ordinary man and woman live in an asphyxiating smog of opinions foisted on them by society. They lose all independence of judgement and all freedom of action. They see themselves increasingly as limited special functions, as parts of a machine, with neither need nor right to perform any other than their role in the economic structure of society. The civic sense becomes atrophied. It is the job of the police to prevent crimes, not yours and mine; it is the job of the town councilor to run the town, not yours and mine; it is the job of the underprivileged to fight for their rights, not yours and mine. Thus more and more live in cities, and yet more and more become decitizenised. What began in the suburbs reaches right to the city's heart.” (The Aristos, 1964)

John zei

“My chief concern, in “The Aristos”, is to preserve the freedom of the individual against all those pressures-to-conform that threaten our century; one of those pressures, put upon all of us, but particularly on anyone who comes into public notice, is that of labeling a person by what he gets money and fame for- by what other people most want to use him as. To call a man a plumber is to describe one aspect of him, but it is also to obscure a number of others... By stating baldly what I believe I hope to force you to state baldly to yourself what you believe. I do not expect agreement. If I wanted that I should have written in a very different form and style, and wrapped my pills in the usual sugar coating. I am not, in short, pleading a case”.

Marshall McLuhan zei

"The Medium is the Message," daarmee verwijst hij naar zijn idee dat het medium belangrijker is dan de eigenlijke boodschap die het brengt.

debo zei

Natuurlijk was de titel van het boek: “The Medium is the Message”, maar het kwam van de drukker terwijl de eerste “e” in Message was veranderd in een “a”.
Toch zijn er die denken dat er een grap is gemaakt en er toch een a had moeten staan maar een spatie is vergeten: "Mass age".