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.
Marshall McLuhan (December 25, 1960, age 49).Â Everybody!
I feel particularly Christmas-ee today.Â Corinneâ€™s parents sent us a smashingly swell-elegant crystal drinks tray.Â It made the trip from Fort Worth, Texas, without a hitch, every surface unscratched and without any extra duty to be paid.Â It will come in very handy in this the season to be entertaining and celebrating.Â Also, my book job â€śThe Gutenberg Galaxyâ€ť is almost done.Â I am so wound up I can think of nothing else.Â The manuscript will go to the publishers the day after tomorrow.Â And on that very day I begin writing this other book on media after Gutenberg which has been on my mind.Â Iâ€™ve spent the last 20 years reading, it seems only right that I put out some things of my own.Â Without Corinneâ€™s help in typing and discussing the ideas swirling around me, I donâ€™t know where Iâ€™d be.
Me (December, 2010, age 58).Â And a Happy New Year!
A time to be thankful for all weâ€™ve got and the gifts weâ€™ve been given material and spiritual.Â Like Marshall without the help of my wife, Debbie, who has posted this blog since its beginning in September 2009 and has encouraged me to make it better, I donâ€™t know where Iâ€™d be.
Merry Christmas, Marshall and Me
Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, p. 276.