Media quotes

Society's institutions, like government, schools, the arts, and the media, corrupt naturally good individuals.

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Today's comedian has a cross to bear that he built himself. A comedian of the older generation did an act and he told the audience, This is my act. Today's comic is not doing an act. The audience assumes he's telling the truth. What is truth today may be a damn lie next week.

- Bruce, Lenny

The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters -- there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void. That's why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window.

- Baudrillard, Jean

The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.

- Santayana, George

For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders.

- Mead, Margaret

Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.

- Brecht, Bertolt

Anyone who attempts to relate his life loses himself in the immediate. One can only speak of another.

- Bastos, Augusto Roa

Childhood, n. The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.

- Ambrose Bierce

It is kindness to refuse immediately what you intend to deny.

- Syrus, Publilius

I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all for fear of being carried off their feet. The prospect really does frighten me that they may finally become so engrossed in a cowardly love of immediate pleasures that their interest in their own future and in that of their descendants may vanish, and that they will prefer tamely to follow the course of their destiny rather than make a sudden energetic effort necessary to set things right.

- Tocqueville, Alexis De

Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.

- Henry, M.

MISERICORDE, n. A dagger which in mediaeval warfare was used by the foot soldier to remind an unhorsed knight that he was mortal.

- Ambrose Bierce

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.

- Golding, William

I can't concern myself with what's going on with the club or what the media is writing. If you pay attention to those things, that's when you get yourself in trouble.

- Mattingly, Don

There are people whom one loves immediately and forever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.

- Nancy Spain

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.

- Pound, Ezra

I almost wish I could be more exciting, that I could match what is happening out there to me.

- Houston, Whitney

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.

- W. H. Auden

The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.

- John Paul II

The press is no substitute for institutions. It is like the beam of a searchlight that moves restlessly about, bringing one episode and then another out of darkness into vision. Men cannot do the work of the world by this light alone. They cannot govern society by episodes, incidents, and eruptions. It is only when they work by a steady light of their own, that the press, when it is turned upon them, reveals a situation intelligible enough for a popular decision.

- Lippmann, Walter

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