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.
Marshall (July 1948, age 37).¬†¬†To disagree is to think (Cogito ergo disputandum)
I wish someone would disagree with me.¬† No one does that here in Toronto.¬† They‚Äôre all zombies, sleepwalkers.¬† Whatever you say they agree with you and go on just as they were before.¬† Agreement is the feature of this age. ¬†
Me (October 2009, age 57).¬†¬†Come on, disagree with me (Disputio ergo sum)
I wish someone would disagree with me too.¬† Agreement said McLuhan was the characterizing feature of the late 1940s (which in the US and Canada was the beginning of the 1950s).¬† Have we entered a new 1950s?¬† ¬†Today, and especially at our universities, the willing subjugation of the individual to the group is – and has long been – the norm on questions of politics, gender, and diversity.¬†
As we approach¬†the end of the first week of postings,¬†anything you disagree with?
Cordially, Marshall and Me
P.S.¬† See you here tomorrow.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
READING FOR THIS POST
The Letters of Marshall McLuhan.¬† Selected and edited by Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan, and Wiliam Toye. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1987, p. 198-199.
William H. Whyte.¬† The Organization Man. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1956, pp. vii-xvi.