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 has made cities obsolete.

Marshall McLuhan (1969, age 58).  Shezamm!

“The INSTANTANEOUS global coverage of radio-TV make the city form meaningless, functionless.”

Me (March, 2011, age 58).  Everything is now here, wherever you are.

Or as McLuhan also put the idea: “Any highway eatery with its TV set, newspaper and magazine is as cosmopolitan as NEW York or Paris.”  And, as you will note in the clip below, some highway eateries are more cosmopolitan than others.

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading:

Marshall McLuhan, Counter-Blast, 1969, p. 12 and 13.

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Michael Hinton Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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