A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.Â Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday,Â I present one of McLuhanâ€™s observations and talk about its relevance today.Â 300 ideas. 300 days.Â 300 posts.
Marshall McLuhan (April 11, 1974, age 62). Â Bad vibes?
You wouldnâ€™t believe it.Â Two months ago, when our youngest daughter Elizabeth was about to be married and the house was full of guests, the water main burst.Â Now, just as the water main is being replaced at home and the lawn is completely dug up, weâ€™ve had to replace the water main at the Coach House â€“ which as you know is my office at Toronto University and the Center for Culture and Technology.Â Whatâ€™s next?Â Thank God I donâ€™t have a cottage.
Me (May 2010, age 57).Â Coincidence?
Two water mains in the same year?Â Bad luck?Â Bad vibes?Â Coincidence?Â Certainly uncomfortable.Â Someone once told me that when they lived in Kingston (Ontario) they lived on Montreal Road, but when they moved to Montreal (Quebec) they wound up living on Kingston Road.
What coincidences – comfortable or uncomfortable – come to mind for you?
Cordially, Marshall and Me
Reading for this post
Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, pp. 490, 491, and 496.