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.

Blast those art galleries and museums!

Marshall McLuhan (1969, age 58).  Why?

Because they “imprison and classify human spirit.”

Me (March, 2011, age 58).  But what if the museum’s collection rebelled?

There is something terribly sad about a museum.  This or that, each cased display is saying is dead and gone forever.

The cases themselves, McLuhan once told an audience at the Museum of the City of New York, in 1967, suck the life out of the objects they contain.  No wonder children find them a hard sell.  It makes you wonder …

Cordially, Marshall and Me

 

Reading:

Marshall McLuhan, Counter-Blast, 1969, p. 65.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, April 14th, 2011
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