A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.  Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, I present one of McLuhan’s observations and talk about its relevance today.  300 ideas. 300 days.  300 posts.

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Marshall McLuhan (1960s, age 50s).  Ask and ye shall receive!

Today I sent a letter to a client who has not paid my speaking fee.  I told them I felt like the parrot in the story who had been crossed with a tiger.  “Polly want a cracker.  AND I MEAN NOW!”   I hope they got the message.

Me (August, 2010, age 58).  I wonder

Perhaps only McLuhan would have sent letter like this.  I’d like to think it did the trick.  [For more on McLuhan’s unique sense of humour]

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading

Philip Marchand, Marshall McLuhan:  The medium and the messenger, 1989, p. 189.

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Michael Hinton Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
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