Martin Scorsese: ‘Words and images don’t mean anything anymore’


“We’re just completely saturated with images that don’t mean anything. Words certainly don’t mean anything anymore, they’re twisted and turned. So where’s the meaning? Where’s the truth? So we have to strip away everything. It goes back to that question I had in ‘Means Streets’, how do you live a good life? A life which is good, meaning compassion, and respect for others, in a world like today?”

Scorsese’s complaints have been echoed by many directors, critics and cinephiles recently, but it’s a tricky topic. The explosion of filmed content onto phones, tablets and laptops may have subjected it to the law of diminishing returns, but it has also made it much easier for aspiring filmmakers to create.

– image and excerpt from Martin Scorsese: ‘Words and images don’t mean anything anymore’, Christopher Hooton, The Independent, 13 Dec 2016

2 thoughts on “Martin Scorsese: ‘Words and images don’t mean anything anymore’

  1. This was a very interesting notion of him. I have exactly the same thoughts on this topic. We get over flooded with imagery and content 24/7 the result is the same when you go to a parfum store and try out sniffing 10 or more bottles of perfume. At some point you don’t smell anything anymore, the meaning got lost. This is what is happening to the majority of people now and it isn’t just a nuisance it’s down right dangerous. People are being influenced and controlled in ways they don’t even comprehend especially generation Y and up cannot make that distinction. Health wise, mentally and physically it also must have an effect because you’re brain and body needs off time, off moments to recuperate and to generate original thoughts or contemplate. Wisdom starts only when these processes can take place. We’ve become a generation of idiots. The majority are now acting like machines, always on and never in the moment. I actually wrote a piece called ‘The stupification of the society’ or in Dutch writing ‘De verstomming van de samenleving’. I never really did anything with my writing of this short piece. I am happy to have come across you’re dysconnected material, the book as well as the blog. I will definitely follow this along.


  2. Hi Dave, thanks for the comment. I’d agree with your observations.
    Here’s a relevant and related quote:
    “The problem was too much information. People were giving up on understanding anything. The glut of information was dulling awareness, not aiding it. Overload. It encouraged passivity, not involvement.”
    This from Jerry Mander, advertising executive and author of ‘Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television’ He said this in 1977 !!
    Keep well; keep connected,


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