I don’t think we talked much about the title of The Medium as the Massage in class, but I looked up the definition of “massage” on my Dictionary app and found the results so interesting in relation to the book. It speaks volumes to their themes of the real world v. the world of media, media as an extension to bodies, and desensitization of information.
1. the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.
2. Slang. attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering: ego massage.
—verb (used with object)
a. to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
b. to manipulate, organize or rearrange (data, figures, or the like) to produce a specific result, especially a favorable one: The auditors discovered that the company had massaged the books.