A tribute to and a lament for Marshall McLuhan continues. If he had lived Marshall would have been 100 on July 21, 2011. Join me in the countdown to his centennial, and an exploration of more of his observations on the way media work in the electric age in which we live.

TV demands casualness.

Marshall McLuhan (October 29, 1960, age 49).  It’s a cool medium.

“The forms of entertainment that work best on television, whether it’s Paddy Chayefsky or even the Parr Show, are ones which admit of a great deal of casualness, in which people can be introduced and dialogued with in the presence of the camera at all sorts of levels of their lives.”

Me (February, 2011, age 58).  Paddy Chayefsky in dialogue.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woV72Ceag8M

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading:

Marshall McLuhan, “The Communications Revolution,” panel discussion at Third Annual Conference on the Humanities, Ohio State University Graduate School, October 29, 1960, in Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Me: Lectures and Interviews, 2003, p. 41.

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Michael Hinton Saturday, February 19th, 2011
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