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.

Movies and anthropology

Marshall McLuhan (1970, age 59).  Did you know?

Natives do not experience visual space; i.e., space that is uniform, continuous and connected.  When given movie cameras to record their rituals and crafts, the results are quite upsetting to visually oriented anthropologists.”

Me (February, 2011, age 58).  Or perhaps they need training?

Here’s an examination of how things can work out with cameras and kids.  Kids McLuhan believed behaved with cameras in the same way as “natives” did – that is non-visually.

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading:

Marshall McLuhan, Culture Is Our Business, 1970, p. 150.

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Michael Hinton Friday, February 25th, 2011
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