Archive for the ‘communication’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 23

December 24, 2017

Søren Kierkegaard, on prayer

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 8

December 8, 2016

Bill Bryson, from A Short History of Nearly Everything

“It is easy to overlook this thought that life just is. As humans we are inclined to feel that life must have a point. We have plans and aspirations and desires. We want to take constant advantage of the intoxicating existence we’ve been endowed with. But what’s life to a lichen? Yet its impulse to exist, to be , is every bit as strong as ours-arguably even stronger. If I were told that I had to spend decades being a furry growth on a rock in the woods, I believe I would lose the will to go on. Lichens don’t. Like virtually all living things, they will suffer any hardship, endure any insult, for a moment’s additions existence. Life, in short just wants to be.”


Quote of the day, Sept. 9

September 9, 2016

Lily Tomlin, on the rat race

“The trouble with the rate race is that even if you win, you’re still the rat.”

Quote of the day, March 12

March 13, 2016

Marshall McLuhan, on names

“The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2016

Umberto Eco, on books

“Books are not meant to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what is say, but what it means.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 20

December 20, 2015

Erving Goffman, on society

“Society is organized on the principle that any individual who possesses certain social characteristics has a moral right to expect that others will value and treat him in an appropriate way.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 19

November 19, 2015

Abraham Lincoln, on Nov. 19, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 15

September 15, 2015

James W. Carey, on communication

“A ritual view conceives communication as a process through which a shared culture is created, modified, and transformed. The archetypal case of communication is ritual and mythology for those who come at the problem from anthropology; art and literature for those who come at the problem from literary criticism and history. A ritual view of communication is directed not toward the extension of messages in space but the maintenance of society in time (even if some find this maintenance characterized by domin-ation and therefore illegitimate); not the act of imparting information or influence but the creation, representation, and celebration of shared even if illusory beliefs. If a transmission view of communication centers on the extension of messages across geography for purposes of control, a ritual view centers on the sacred ceremony that draws persons together in fellowship and commonality.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 10

September 10, 2015

Robert M. Knight

“The key is not the will to win … Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”


Quote of the day, Aug. 16

August 16, 2015

Marshall McLuhan, on loss of identity (1975)

“Any loss of identity prompts people to seek reassurance and rediscovery of themselves by testing, and even by violence. Today, the electric revolution, the wired planet, and the information environment involve everybody in everybody to the point of individual extinction.”