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.

Camera

The power of film.

Marshall McLuhan (1964, age 52).  You go where it goes.

“It was Renee Clair who pointed out that if two or three people were together on a stage, the dramatist must ceaselessly motivate or explain their being there at all.  But the film audience, like the book reader, accepts mere sequence as rational.  Whatever the camera turns to, the audience accepts.  We are transported to another world.”

Me (October, 2010, age 58).  Which is hard to believe.

But for all that may in fact be true.  Stranger things can happen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXruyT3ziUU

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading

Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964, p. 286.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, October 28th, 2010
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