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The medium is the message. Marshall McLuhan has a very unique and interesting view of American society. It is not a view that I am very fond of though. He makes America out to be media crazed and superficial.

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Juan Silgado Marshall Period1 2/3/10 Marshall McLuhan has a very unique and interesting view of American society. It is not a view that I am very fond of though. He makes America out to be media crazed and superficial. Even though I can agree with this to a certain extent I believe he takes it a bit too far. His view of American society goes way too far. He portrays America to be downright superficial. America is much more then superficial. America has a history behind it full of many different types of art. One major art form is the media and from what I have read McLuhan portrays the media to be shallow, but in reality it isn't. ...read more.

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The classic version of this quote is "necessity is the mother of invention". I agree with the classic version more because when we need something we invent something for it. With McLuhan's quote I don't agree because after we have invented something the true problem has already been solved and we don't truly need anything else but as humans we have a desire for convenience and technology provides convenience. So therefore I would not go as far as saying that now a' days "invention is the mother of necessities" but that "convenience is the mother of necessities". McLuhan also stated "People don't actually read newspapers. They step into them every morning like a hot bath." This quote is over exaggerated. ...read more.

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Even though I don't agree with them they changed my opinion on America slightly. I still don't believe that America is fully enthralled by the media but I do believe that the media plays a huge and significant role in American culture. Juan Silgado Media Period1 2/3/10 "The media is the message", this basically means that the power of the message is not in the story but in the way it is told. For example if you see a car accident on TV that is a lot more impacting then hearing about a car accident on the radio. Also the way the story is put out has an impact on validity. For example, a story on the internet is not as valid as a printed story. This is due to the fact that the internet can constantly be edited but a printed story is one copy that is validated by many people. ...read more.

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