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.

The power of numbers

Me (October, 2010, age 58).  If not true perhaps it should be.

In 1970 Marshall McLuhan was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of Alberta and in his speech to the graduating classes could not resist talking about one of his favorite ideas:  that the world’s problems were all capable of speedy resolution.  If only the experts would stand aside and let large numbers of ordinary people go to work on them.  Hard to believe?  Odder things have happened – such as for example Wikipedia or a Nelson Eddie-led rebellion.

Check out especially the four minutes from minute 2 to 6.


Marshall McLuhan (November 20, 1971, age 60).  No problem …

“There is no kind of problem that baffles one or a dozen experts that cannot be solved at once by a million minds that are given a chance simultaneously to tackle a problem.”

Cordially, Marshall and Me


Marshall McLuhan, “Convocation Address, University of Alberta, November 20, 1971.”

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Michael Hinton Friday, October 29th, 2010
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