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.

Had your dose of nostalgia yet?

Marshall McLuhan (1951, age 40). The faster we go the more we look back.

Societies like ours are profoundly nostalgic.  Things change so rapidly “a twenty-five-year-old can get wistful about reminiscences of ten years ago.  In such a world the lasting qualities of horse opera with the fringe on top have great appeal.”

Me (January, 2011, age 58).  Not surprisingly, the western is back.

After a period of neglect in the popular imagination the western appears to be back.  True Grit is doing extremely well at the box office.  A change Marshall would not have been surprised to see, nor the continuing popularity of the remake.

  • The remake’s trailer
  • The original’s trailer

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading:

Marshall McLuhan, The Mechanical Bride, 1951, p. 156.

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Michael Hinton Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
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