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Prophet McLuhan on the World Series of Poker's Popularity

"Poker is a game that has often been cited as the expression of all the complex attitudes and unspoken values of a competitive society. It calls for shrewdness, aggression, trickery, and unflattering appraisals of character. . . Poker is intensely individualistic, allowing no place for kindness or consideration, but only for the greatest good of the greatest number--the number one."

Understanding Media, 1964