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 present as future.

Marshall McLuhan (December 14, 1960, age 49).  No more teachers no more books .

The other day, as I was telling Claude Bissell, I received a questionnaire.  One of the questions was: “In your opinion will the television school broadcasts ever replace the teacher in the classroom?”  Of course they will.  Why do people insist on assuming that the present is forever?

Me (September, 2010, age 58).  And the beat goes on.

It’s hard to imagine a question like this being posed today.  The future is now the present.  This fall, many first year college students will see their professors for the first time on (closed circuit) television or on the internet and ask their first question by e-mail.

In the sixties Marshall’s prophesies were viewed by most people as crazy talk.    Many kids today, I imagine, will read them and wonder what the fuss was all about.

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading

Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, p. 275.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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