A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.Â Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday,Â I present one of McLuhanâ€™s observations and talk about its relevance today.Â 300 ideas. 300 days.Â 300 posts.
Marshall McLuhan (January 13, 1966, age 54). Why I have no point of view.
Itâ€™s really quite simpIe, I want know whatâ€™s going on.Â Have you noticed that people with points of view, theories to defend, axes to grind, are the most emotional?Â In most organizations everyone has a point of view.Â As a result they cannot see whatâ€™s going on.Â Theyâ€™re too busy getting hot under the collar – too busy looking at things from their fixed stance, to see whatâ€™s happening.
Me (March 2010, age 57). Why have a point of view?
What about the people where you work?Â If everyone has their point of view, who is able to see whatâ€™s going on?Â Instead of having â€˜Casual Fridaysâ€™, why donâ€™t you suggest that next Friday be declared, â€˜No Point of View Fridayâ€™?
What if heâ€™s right not to have a point of view?Â Maybe you should drop your point of view, whatever it is?
Cordially, Marshall and Me
Reading for this post
Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, p. 332.