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 future of old age.

Marshall McLuhan (December, 1966, age 55).  Dear Diary:

Richard Kostelanetz, who is doing a piece on me for the New York Times, looked in today on my graduate seminar on communications, which I run at Toronto University.  He seemed to particularly enjoy my insights on what the elderly have to look forward to in the electric age.

I find a blunt approach to be effective in slashing through the students’ mental torpor.  “What,” I asked, “is the future of old age?”   The answer is obvious, although you’d never have known it by their faces.  Their silence was deafening.   “Why,” I said, “it’s exploration and discovery.”

Me (December, 2010, age 58).  As we are discovering, more and more, today …

But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3QdGljaxsY&feature=related

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading:

Richard Kostelanetz, “Understanding McLuhan (In Part),” The New York Times, January 29, 1967.  (“on the web”)

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Michael Hinton Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
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