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.

What did McLuhan talk about at the Centre for Culture and Technology in the 1960s?

Marshall McLuhan (August 24, 1964, age 53).  Here are three problems we’ve been discussing:

First, our world and its problems are the creation of specialists.  The solutions we so desperately require, however, can only come from generalists who can see how everything fits together.   Second, it is widely agreed that scientists are befuddled by abstract art.  We can develop ways to help them appreciate abstraction.  Third, parents have long wondered how their children can do their homework with the radio blaring.    We’re close to a breakthrough on this one.

Me (January, 2011, age 58).  No wonder his colleagues at Toronto University thought he was nuts.

Cordially, Marshall and Me



David Thompson, “How to learn economics in a rowboat,” Toronto Daily Star, August 24, 1964.

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Michael Hinton Saturday, January 29th, 2011
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  • Nancy & David Thompson says:

    Hi Michael,
    We just found this blog today. My husband David Thompson is the Toronto Star journalist that interviewed Marshall on August 24, 1964 and wrote the story “How to learn economics in a row boat”. We have the original story in our personal archives. We are thrilled to see this included in your blog. David is retired but his interest in communications,economics,the media, world history and world politics is still and always will be foremost in his life.
    Please feel free to contact us at the address above.

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