“Less is more” is useless, while its sibling, “the medium is the message,” can actually get you somewhere. Why? The latter is recursive and makes you think about what the medium is at a given level, the former just one layer of falsehood hidden behind a neat contradiction.
Another UNIX aphorism: “Worse is better.” Richard P. Gabriel, who coined the phrase, does better work here than “Less is more.” It’s provocative, but silly enough for people not to get carried away with it.
Less is more?