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.

Just talk?

Marshall McLuhan (March 14, 1951, age 39).  The world is becoming one.

As I was writing to Harold Innis it struck me that the close of the age of print is initiating an end to fragmentation, divisions, and specialization.  Every discipline has much to teach the others.  Economics, for example, has much to teach poetry and poetry economics.

Me (September, 2010, age 58).  For example?

One cannot help wishing McLuhan would provide a specific example.  But the marvelous thing about McLuhan is that he sees no need to.  Looking around today, there does seem to be a scholar who raids literature to advance economics – Professor Deirdre McCloskey – who readers of this blog have met before.

Perhaps this is what McLuhan had in his mind’s eye.  Or perhaps not.

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading

Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, pp. 223.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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