A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan.¬† Five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday,¬†I present one of McLuhan‚Äôs observations and talk about its relevance today.¬† 300 ideas. 300 days.¬† 300 posts.
Me (September, 2010, age 58).¬† The one worder.
Marshall McLuhan had no small talk.¬† His long time friend and colleague, Ted Carpenter, says that McLuhan could talk about small things but was incapable of doing so without turning the small thing into a large subject with ‚Äúhis unflinching directness.‚ÄĚ¬† For example, he tells the story of walking with Marshall to the coffee shop of the Royal Ontario Museum.¬† They entered the Museum by the imposing front entrance way.¬† And in the middle of the entrance on the steps was ‚Äúa turd.‚ÄĚ¬† Looking down, McLuhan spoke volumes with a single word.
Marshall McLuhan (1950s, age 40s). ‚ÄúHuman.‚ÄĚ
Cordially, Marshall and Me
Edmund Carpenter, ‚ÄúThat Not-So-Silent Sea.‚ÄĚ Typescript posted on Internet, p. 9.