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 (November 26, 1967, age 56) â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦
Me (November, 2010, age 58)Â We will be back tomorrow.
Unfortunately, Marshall cannot be with us today.Â (If you have not read yesterdayâ€™s post I suggest you turn to it now.)Â Here is what the New York Times reported about him on November 27, 1967:
McLuhan in Good Condition
After Removal of a Tumor
Marshall McLuhan, the communications theorist, was reported in a satisfactory condition yesterday at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center following surgery for the removal of a benign growth near his brain.
Dr. McLuhan, the Albert Schweitzer Professor of the Humanities at Fordham University, will spend the next three weeks at the hospital recuperating, the medical center said.Â Dr. McLuhan, currently on leave from his post as a professor at the University of Toronto, is expected to return to Fordham in January.
The growth, a slow-growing encapsulated tumor, was in the cranial area, according to the hospital.
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964, p. 211-213.