Media Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old media quotes, media sayings, and media proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.     

Malcolm X

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.     

Jim Morrison

The media is the right arm of anarchy.     

Dan Brown

The media transforms the great silence of things into its opposite. Formerly constituting a secret, the real now talks constantly. News reports, information, statistics, and surveys are everywhere.     

Michel de Certeau

Media, the plural of mediocrity.     

Jimmy Breslin

People in the mass media tend more and more every day to look and act like elected and appointed officials.     

L. Neil Smith

The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.     

George Orwell

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.     

W. H. Auden

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.     

Allen Ginsberg

All of us who professionally use the mass media are the shapers of society. We can vulgerize that society. We can brutalize it. Or we can help lift it onto a higher level.     

William Bernbach

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.     

Marshall McLuhan

The media's power is frail. Without the people's support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch.     

Corazon Aquino

It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time.     

Alexis Ohanian

We need a free media, not just freedom of speech.     

Tom Scholz

One of the most powerful defences the media can offer for controversial actions is, of course, public interest.     

Rowan Williams

The media represents world that is more real than reality that we can experience. People lose the ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. They also begin to engage with the fantasy without realizing what it really is. They seek happiness and fulfilment through the simulacra of reality, e.g. media and avoid the contact/interaction with the real world.     

Jean Baudrillard

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it.     

Horace Greeley

Don’t hate the media, become the media.     

Jello Biafra