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.

What don’t you know?

Marshall McLuhan (January 25, 1973, age 61). That’s my favourite question.

Why is it that people are so interested in what they know?  My strategy is always to explore my ignorance, the things I don’t know.

Me (May 2010, age 57).   A big territory.

Once you start exploring your ignorance you will find – at least I have found it so – that it’s a big territory.  If you are having trouble discovering things you’re ignorant of take any subject on which you think you know something and ask yourself “How do I know that?”  (This question according to Deirdre McCloskey was a favourite of economics Nobel laureate Milton Friedman.  See “this” on her web site.)

Experiment.  Try this question when other people start telling you things about politics, economics or society and see what happens.  Let us know what happens.

Cordially, Marshall and Me

Reading for this post

Letters of Marshall McLuhan, 1987, pp. 464.

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Michael Hinton Friday, May 7th, 2010
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