[PW] ?Marshall McLuhan quote

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 13:08:31 PDT 2016

Here is another match in a reporter's recounting of a speech by
McLuhan. This instance is less compressed. It is direct testimony, but
the reporter did not use quotation marks, so it might be a summary.

Date: January 30, 1976
Newspaper: Hammond Daily Star
Newspaper Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Article: Marshall McLuhan explores the future
Byline: Stewart Applin (of The Star Staff)
Quote Page 1, Column 4
Database: NewspaperArchive.com

The "electric revolution," auto driving, and the loss of the idea of
school as play are contributing factors "Why Johnny Can't Write."
author Marshall McLuhan told the audience at Southeastern Louisiana
University's Humanities auditorium Thursday night.
. . .

The United States was founded on the printed word, the speaker
explained, the first nation to write down its reasons for independence
and its constitution.

The printed world set up the traditional Western market system,
introducing uniform products and uniform prices
[End excerpt]


On Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 3:41 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Garson
> 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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