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 (1969, age 58).Â Why?
Because they â€śimprison and classify human spirit.â€ť
Me (March, 2011, age 58).Â But what if the museumâ€™s collection rebelled?
There is something terribly sad about a museum.Â ThisÂ or that, each cased display is saying is dead and gone forever.
TheÂ cases themselves, McLuhan once told an audience at the Museum of the City of New York, in 1967, suck the life out of the objects they contain.Â No wonderÂ children find them a hard sell.Â It makes you wonder â€¦
Cordially, Marshall and Me
Marshall McLuhan, Counter-Blast, 1969, p. 65.