[PW] ?Marshall McLuhan quote

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 12:41:19 PDT 2016

Here is citation referring to a talk in 1976 although it would be nice
to have even more direct evidence:

Date: June 9, 1976
Newspaper: Democrat and Chronicle
Newspaper Location: Rochester, New York
Section: Opinion
Article: Still in form
Quote Page 18A, Column 1
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
Canadian media philosopher Marshall McLuhan recently told a Cambridge
audience that Americans are the only people in the world who go
outside to be alone and inside to be social He also came up with such
other one-liners as:

. . . America is  the  only country  ever founded on the printed word.
 [End excerpt]

Please double-check for typos and other errors before using.


On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 1:40 PM, S M Colowick <januarye at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 9:54 AM, John Henderson <jhenderson at ithaca.edu> wrote:
>> If Marshall McLuhan really did say or write "America is the only country ever founded on the printed word," why can't I find the original source?
> Google Books tells me that Harry Golden's 1962 book So Long As You're
> Healthy has a few pages about McLuhan, apparently reviewing a speech
> that he gave. A snippet says, "Dr. McLuhan offered that the United
> States is the only country founded on literacy--on the Gutenberg
> press."
> That same year (1962) McLuhan wrote The Gutenberg Galaxy, "a
> pioneering study in the fields of oral culture, print culture,
> cultural studies, and media ecology" (per Wikipedia). It wouldn't
> surprise me if some version of this idea appears in that book, but I
> haven't found it by searching the preview version available.
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