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.

McLuhan on marriage.

Marshall McLuhan (1970, age 59).  It’s about making not matching.      

“After the death of Mrs. Johnson, with whom he had been very happy, Dr. Johnson was asked by Boswell whether there was another woman in the world with whom he could have been as happy.  ‘Yes, sir.  Forty thousand.’  Johnson knew marriage was not matching but making.”

Me (May, 2011, age 58).  And what about you? 

Marshall McLuhan met Corinne Lewis in July 1938 and they were married just over a year later in August, 1939.  They were married for 41 years, had 6 children, and by all accounts had a very successful marriage.  Perhaps there is something about happiness that can be learned from McLuhan.  Are you looking for the perfect match or getting on with the making of one? 

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading: 

Marshall McLuhan, Culture Is Our Business, 1970, p. 128.

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Michael Hinton Friday, May 27th, 2011
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