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A list of the best media quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous media quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic media quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational media quotes from that same writer.

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The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish; the impressions remain flat and unconnected in the soul. Thus they are easily led by the opinions of others, are content to let their impressions be shuffled and rearranged and evaluated differently. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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There are only two forces that can carry light to all the corners of the globe... the sun in the heavens and the Associated Press down here. Mark Twain

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A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad. Albert Camus

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Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism. Graham Greene

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

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Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing. Robert Bresson

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The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. Marshall McLuhan

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We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough. Henry David Thoreau

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The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

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In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. Oscar Wilde

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Publication is a self-invasion of privacy. Marshall McLuhan

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Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium -- that is, of any extension of ourselves -- result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. Marshall McLuhan

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Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages. Spiro Agnew

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The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western World. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity -- much less dissent. Gore Vidal

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There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press. John F. Kennedy

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The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman. Junius

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When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute. Walter Lippmann

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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. Walter Lippmann

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It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed. Walter Benjamin

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The media network has its idols, but its principal idol is its own style which generates an aura of winning and leaves the rest in darkness. It recognizes neither pity nor pitilessness. John Berger

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Report me and my cause aright. William Shakespeare

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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. Jean Baudrillard

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

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We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business. Jimmy Carter

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The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control -- indoctrination, we might say -- exercised through the mass media. Noam Chomsky

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The very hirelings of the press, whose trade it is to buoy up the spirits of the people. have uttered falsehoods so long, they have played off so many tricks, that their budget seems, at last, to be quite empty. William Cobbett

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Belief is with them mechanical, voluntary: they believe what they are paid for -- they swear to that which turns to account. Do you suppose, that after years spent in this manner, they have any feeling left answering to the difference between truth and falsehood? William Hazlitt

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It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. James Fenimore Cooper

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The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck. Theodore Roosevelt

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The press, that goiter of the world, swells up with the desire for conquest and bursts with the achievements which every day brings. A week has room for the boldest climax of the human drive for expansion. Karl Kraus

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On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last! John Greenleaf Whittier