In Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage, my favorite part was from pages 10-24 when he describes all of the ways in which media is affecting or has effected aspects of life. He breaks it down into individual pages/sections as follows: you, your family, your neighborhood, your job, your government, and “the others.” I really liked the picture motifs that would show up on the following page, but smaller, as this showed the inter-connectivity of not only life but media as well.
On page 14, “your family,” I really liked his text:
The family circle has widened. The worldpool of information fathered by electric media—movies, Telstar, flight–far surpasses any possible influence mom and dad can now bring to bear. Character no longer is shaped by only two earnest, fumbling experts.
This really stuck with me, because of its truth. Children are now brought up in a world of technology, watching movies, using smartphones or tablets, the Internet, from such young ages that it has become part of a worldview. Even though this was published in 1967, it has so many parallels to our current world, 50 years after it’s inception, which is both scary and amazing.