A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.  Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, I present one of McLuhan’s observations and talk about its relevance today.  300 ideas. 300 days.  300 posts.

Did you try it?

Marshall McLuhan (June 18, 1974, age 62). Well, did you?

Why is it that people insist that the study of media is difficult.  All you have to do is look around you.  Yesterday I suggested you look at Xeroxing.  Well, did you?

Me (May 2010, age 57).  What about another artifact?

The cell phone, of course, is still having affects on us and our other artifacts.  Yesterday I went past the shattered remains of four telephone booths in a large public building in downtown Montreal.  Each one had been killed by the cell phone.  Other effects of the cell phone are:  we are no longer tied to our desks, being out of touch is no longer easy to happen, charging a cell phone is now one of our daily tasks.

One more time – don’t worry about being profound – how are the artifacts about you changing your life and the artifacts about them?

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading for this post

Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, pp. 500.

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Michael Hinton Saturday, May 15th, 2010
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