Quotes about Media

The number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe.

Denis Diderot 1763

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.

Voltaire 1764

I deplore the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them.

Thomas Jefferson 1787

Telegraphs of any kind are now wholly unnecessary

John Barrow, British Admiralty 1816


The telephone has too many shortcomings to be considered as a means of communication.

Western Union, Internal Memo: 1876


The cinema is an invention without a future.

Louis Lumière, Pioneer of photography: 1895  


The radio craze will die out in time.

Thomas Edison, Inventor of phonogram: 1922


While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility.

Lee De Forest, Pioneer of radio: 1926


I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.

Thomas Watson, CEO IBM: 1943


Billboards will be abolished.

David Ogilvy, Founder O&M: 1983 


We have been hit hard by seismic shifts wrought by the web…Media is profoundly being transformed.

Steve Forbes, Publisher of Forbes Magazine: 2009 


The web is dead. Long live the internet

Chris Anderson, Editor, Wired : 2010


Content is not only king. It is the emperor of all things electronic.

Rupert Murdoch, CEO News Corp: 2010

The academic study of media really started in Toronto, Canada with two academics - Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan.  See video.

Media History Studies