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.

Is this a dream?

Me (September, 2010, age 58).  I’m walking home, minding my own business …

I stop at the corner for the light.  The guy beside me is on his cell phone and he’s edging me off the sidewalk.  The light turns green.  I step off and I realize everyone crossing the street is on a cell phone but me.  And they don’t see me.  I have to move to avoid being walked over.  In other words, I’m the only one who is actually here.  Everyone else is somewhere else.  Something is wrong.  Someone is out of step.  Wait a moment, it’s me.

Marshall McLuhan (1964 age 52). Obviously.

“The telephone is an irresistible intruder in time or place.”

Me again (September, 2010, age 58).  Especially now.

Here is Rudy Giuliani getting a lesson on the irresistible power of the telephone as he delivers a speech.

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading

Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964, p. 271.

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Michael Hinton Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
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