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 deadliness of TV

Marshall McLuhan (1970, age 59).  What happened to Miss America?    

“Miss America was killed by TV along with the Hollywood star system, and the political parties.”

 

Me (March, 2011, age 58).  Is there anything TV didn’t do?  

In the thinking of Marshall McLuhan TV is the joker.  Why is Vietnam happening or not happening?  Why are students rioting or not rioting?  Why is anything happening or not happening?  The eager follower of Marshall McLuhan knows that TV is probably to blame.  And in our time the modern Marshall McLuhans have a new joker card to play – the internet.  I wonder what the internet is up to today.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6admq2EJt1Q

 

Cordially, Marshall and Me

 

Reading: 

Marshall McLuhan, Culture Is Our Business, 1970, p. 174.

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Michael Hinton Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
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