A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan continues. If he had lived Marshall would have been 100 on July 21, 2011. Join me in the countdown to his centennial, and an exploration of more of his observations on the way media work in the electric age in which we live.

At a loss what to do with dinner guests who overstay their welcome?

Marshall McLuhan (September 20, 1976, age 65).  Here’s what I do.    

After dinner is finished I leave the table to read in my study.  Now it is possible that a guest may not take the hint and instead follow me.  At this point I have found it is necessary to act decisively.  As I pass the living room couch I pick up a book from the dozen or so I have stacked on it, turn around sharply, and hand it to my guest saying, “I think you may enjoy this.”  Works every time.

Me (February, 2011, age 58).  Now that’s an idea!

Here’s another way to present it. 

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 Cordially, Marshall and Me

 

Reading: 

Barbara Rowes, “If the Media Didn’t Get Marshall McLuhan’s Message in the ‘60s, Another Is on the Way,” People Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 12, September 20, 1976.

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Michael Hinton Saturday, February 12th, 2011
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