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 stamp of approval.

Marshall McLuhan (2000, age 89).  Better late than never.

“Mail’s here, Marshall.”

“We get mail here in heaven?”

“We certainly do.  And you’ll want to take a good look at this envelope, in particular the stamp.”

“Why it’s me, Corinne.  Mother would have been over the moon.”

“She is Marshall, look who it’s from …”

Me (August, 2010, age 58).  The irony is…

The 46 cent commemorative postage stamp issued by Canada Post in 2000 – “Marshall McLuhan:  The man with a Message” is positioned side by side in a block of four stamps with one commemorating Northrop Frye, McLuhan’s “great rival in the English department at the University of Toronto” with whom he carried on a long running and increasingly bitter feud.

Cordially, Marshall and Me


Philip Marchand, Marshall McLuhan:  The medium and the messenger, 1989, pp. 114-115.

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Michael Hinton Thursday, August 19th, 2010
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