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Visionaries #1 - Edward R. Murrow - The Fall Of Television by Lucan Industries

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First in a series of shirts dedicated to people in history we should have listened harder to.

Edward R Murrow was a revolutionary, a gentleman, a fighter and a fine dresser. He saw the horrors we faced through misuse of televised media more vividly than most.

If the visual treats of the box were upsetting him in the ‘50s then he’d be completely shattered today….

It’s a halftone graphic based on an image of him smoking a cigarette in a dandy suit, but made from the contents of a smashed television I photographed after throwing it off a silo in Collingwood. With some words and circles and fluff and jazz.

Really does look better 8 feet tall.

“Just once in a while, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information. Let us dream to the extent of saying that on a given Sunday night the time normally occupied by Ed Sullivan is given over to a clinical survey on the state of American education. And a week or two later, the time normally used by Steve Allen is devoted to a thorough-going study of American policy in the Middle East. Would the corporate image of their respective sponsors be damaged? Would the shareholders rise up in their wrath and complain? Would anything happen other than a few million people would have received a little illumination on subjects that may well determine the future of this country and therefore the future of the corporations? To those who say, “People wouldn’t look, they wouldn’t be interested they’re too complacent, indifferent and insulated” I can only reply: There is, in one reporter’s opinion considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach. It can illuminate and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it. towards those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights, in a box.

Good night, and good luck."

Edward R Murrow


  • Danny
    Dannyover 5 years ago

    So when do you do one about me then?

  • So when do you do something worth talking about?

    – Lucan Industries

  • Danny
    Dannyover 5 years ago

    Anyway, I think people like Murrow were elitist.
    Because television became popular so fast it made cultural snobs like him less powerful thus giving him ammunition to criticize.
    Today he would be like most other cultural bubble dwellers who think they know what’s better for everyone else while eating and dressing at the expense of the tax payer.
    Television will never fall it will always move constantly sideways.
    I now lay on the floor for the kicking I shall now receive.

  • I think there are laws about kicking people like you.

    This could have been a valid attack, however you went wrong straight away with ‘Anyway, I think…’, obviously you’ve never really had an original thought in your life, I doubt you’ve even had a second hand one, so immediately I know to stop reading, as the following words will either be someone else’s opinion, or you’ve just mashed the keyboard a bit. And my time is precious. I have things to bark at.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Naf4d
    Naf4dover 5 years ago

    I like this – especially the words, circles, fluff, jazz an’ shit.

  • My favourite bit too.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Danny
    Dannyover 5 years ago

    I’m going to find that car you live in and piss in the ashtray.

  • I’d expect nothing less.

    – Lucan Industries

  • sjem ©
    sjem ©over 5 years ago

    I’m about to get on a plane and disappear untill next week wednesday. Can you hold back on your triumphant return ’till then ?

    Nice fucking dots by the way the black / white tee choice is delicious.

  • Yeah it’s crazy isn’t .

    Sorry can’t wait. You’ll just have to miss out. like you have with most of life.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Scott Robinson
    Scott Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Truly chaotic, I would have loved to see the Tv`s plunge off the silo too.

    I`m starting to think that it`s not much that technolgy fails us, it`s the way in which we choose to use/depend on said technolgies that leads to failure. Technology is only a tool, nothing more, nothing less. The humble hammer can be a tool of destruction, or creation, given our perspective.

    Forgive the rant. I`ve been thinking again.

  • Well luckily I filmed it. So with some sort of clever technology I can send it to you.

    – Lucan Industries

  • transmute
    transmuteover 5 years ago

    I’m just dissapointed that Dance Your Ass OFf was pulled before I had a chance to watch it.

    Marshall McLuhan was wrong, the medium is not the message. Computer programmers are right ‘GIGO’ – garbage in, garbage out.

    Having smashed a number of CRT’s however, I do sadly bemoan their inevitable obsolescence.

  • Corr, Marshall McLuhan was on my list.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tylerover 5 years ago

    You’re back. Does this mean I’m going to have to think about things again? Shit. Hey are you on twitter?

  • Yes, yes, and no.

    – Lucan Industries

  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tylerover 5 years ago

    Oh … and this is very good. I like the colours and the fact it looks like a big finger print. There’s a lot going on and lots of information and stuff. I agree with what Scott said about tools. I’m sorry it’s not an original thought but I’ve been reading too much Heat magazine.

  • I quite like that the black version and the white version look so different.

    – Lucan Industries

  • exposedbutloved
    exposedbutlovedover 5 years ago

    love this. love the message. love the image. and i especially love that you threw the mind control machin off a silo to do it =] very awesome dude

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