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.

Does this make you uneasy?

Marshall McLuhan (1964, age 52). You are being programmed.

“Many people have expressed uneasiness about the advertizing enterprise in our time.  To put the matter abruptly, the advertising industry is a crude attempt to extend the principles of automation to every aspect of society.  Ideally, advertising aims at the goal of a programmed harmony among all human impulses and aspirations and endeavors.”

Me (October, 2010, age 58).  Yes or no?

Here for your uneasy consideration are two ads aimed at the goal of programmed harmony: one for girls and one for boys.  Be careful who you show them to.

For the girls:

For the boys:

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading

Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964, p. 227.

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Michael Hinton Saturday, October 9th, 2010
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