- MAN: It's the influence of television. Now, now Marshall McLuhan deals with it in terms of it being a, a high-- high intensity, you understand? A hot medium--
- WOODY ALLEN: What I wouldn't give for a large sock with horse manure in it.
- MAN: -- as opposed to the truth which he [sees as the] media or--
- WOODY ALLEN: What can you do when you get stuck on a movie line with a guy like this behind you?
- MAN: Now, Marshall McLuhan--
- WOODY ALLEN: You don't know anything about Marshall McLuhan's work--
- MAN: Really? Really? I happen to teach a class at Columbia called TV, Media and Culture, so I think that my insights into Mr. McLuhan, well, have a great deal of validity.
- WOODY ALLEN: Oh, do you?
- MAN: Yeah.
- WOODY ALLEN: Oh, that's funny, because I happen to have Mr. McLuhan right here. Come over here for a second?
- MAN: Oh--
- WOODY ALLEN: Tell him.
- MARSHALL McLUHAN: -- I heard, I heard what you were saying. You, you know nothing of my work. How you ever got to teach a course in anything is totally amazing.
- WOODY ALLEN: Boy, if life were only like this.
You've been here before, right? And like me, you silently (or not so silently, perhaps with the aid of one finger) cursed the maniac and said to yourself, "Where's a cop when you need one?" You've already guessed what happened next, no doubt...
As the traffic inched forward, I saw the maniac, pulled over with the flashing lights behind him, and the cop wasn't just writing him a ticket - he was going to town on him! I rolled down my window as I got near, and let me tell you, that man was getting the lecture of a lifetime on traffic safety. I have never seen a policeman so forcefully 'in your face' as this one. I had another forty-five minutes in brutal traffic before I saw home, but I passed it by rather blissfully...life is sometimes sweeter than you expect it to be.