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.

Doubts?

Marshall McLuhan (1964, age 52).  “What did you say, Corinne?”

“Doubts, Marshall.  Do you have any?”

“Certainly.  I doubt that there are more than 5 of my colleagues at Toronto University that understand anything I’ve been saying about media.  I doubt I will ever be comfortable with these invasive new technologies.  I doubt that anyone but myself truly understands the importance of my work.”

“No, Marshall.  I mean with all the trouble in the world do you ever doubt there is a God?”

“Never.  Others can bother their heads about it.  I don’t.  It frees me to do so much.  It allows me to see the world for what it is.”

Me (November, 2010, age 58).  Doubtless …

Marshall knew as a Catholic that no matter how things looked the world was the creation – the extension – of God and as such coherent and understandable.  No matter what he had to worry about He didn’t have to worry about that.

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading

Philip Marchand, Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger, 1989, p. 58-59.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, November 18th, 2010
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