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.

The dark resolute vision of Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan (1970, age 59).  Folly, pure folly!    

Alan Watts “is mistaken in thinking that ‘if all man-made machines are simply an extension of man, they cannot constitute a threat.’  This is the folly of Alan Watts in his approach to human identity.”

 

Me (March, 2011, age 58).  The threats are all around us.  

Cities are an extension of our bodies and minds.  They can allow us to reach the highest expression of who we are and they can destroy us.   The most important thing as McLuhan taught is to keep on trying to understand what is happening. 

 

 

 

Cordially, Marshall and Me

 

Reading: 

Marshall McLuhan, Culture Is Our Business, 1970, p. 148.

Michael Hinton Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
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